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Nigeria relieved after Norway left out Hegerberg from Women's World Cup squad

Reigning Ballon d'Or winner Ada Hegerberg will not be in action when Norway face Nigeria in a Women's World Cup clash in Reims on June 8.

Hegerberg had quit international football in protest against gender inequality in 2017 and coach Martin Sjögren's failed attempts to resolve the dispute saw her left out of his final 23-team squad.

The 23-year-old's absence came as a great relief to the African champions, who are zoned against the Norwegians, South Korea and hosts France in Group A.

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The 1995 world champions are set to face Cameroon in a friendly in France on June 2 in a bid to test themselves against African opposition before facing the Super Falcons six days later.