Ada Hegerberg returns to Norway national team after five years of Exile

Former Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg has ended her five-year exile from the Norway team.

The 26-year-old Lyon striker has stopped playing for the national team due to an alleged lack of respect for female players in Norway.

She was included in the squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Kosovo and Poland in April.

Hegerberg, who has scored 38 goals in 66 games for Norway, could play at the European Championship this summer in England.

“It feels incredibly good to be back,” she said.

“I will do my part to help us achieve great things, both on and off the field – for football, for Norway, but not least for the next generation.”

Hegerberg spent 20 months out with an anterior cruciate ligament injury between January 2020 and October 2021, but is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in women’s football.

Norway, who are three points clear of World Cup qualifying Group F, will host Kosovo on 7 April and Poland on 12 April.