Norwich City midfielder Alex Tettey scores again - but it’s not enough for Norway

Football - Norway v England International Friendly - The Ullevaal Stadium, Oslo, Norway - 26/5/12Eng

Football - Norway v England International Friendly - The Ullevaal Stadium, Oslo, Norway - 26/5/12England's Ashley Young (L) and Norway's Alexander Tettey in actionMandatory Credit: Action Images / Lee Smith - Credit: Action Images

Norwich City midfielder Alex Tettey scored for Norway for the second game running on Tuesday night – but it was not enough to earn his country an automatic place in the next summer's European Championship Final.

Tettey followed up his effort in Saturday's 2-0 win over Malta with a 23rd minute opener against Group H winners Italy in Rome.

Had they held on to the lead Norway would have qualified for France 2016 – but the Italians hit back with second half goals from Alessandro Florenzi and Southampton's Graziano Pelle to win the game 2-1.

With Croatia winning 1-0 in Malta to clinch second spot Tettey and his Norwegian colleagues must now gear themselves for next month's two-legged play-offs, with eight countires battling it out for the four remaining places in the finals.