England fell to their first defeat in 11 matches in La Manga, losing 1-0 to Norway courtesy of an Ada Hegerberg header.
The striker, voted UEFA’s Best Female Player in 2016, nodded in a free-kick taken by sister Andrine, who plays her club football for Birmingham.
Siobhan Chamberlain, in for the injured Karen Bardsley, could do nothing to keep it out, and despite chances falling to Manchester City’s Toni Duggan and Arsenal’s Jodie Taylor, the equaliser proved impossible to find.
The Lionesses have one more game in Spain, against Olympic silver medallists Sweden on Tuesday.
Back at home, Women Super League clubs continue to refine their squads as the Spring Series approaches.
Ireland goalkeeper Emma Byrne, recently released by Arsenal, has signed for WSL2 newcomers Brighton and Hove Albion, with interim manager George Parris saying in a statement, “We’ve been keen to add experience and quality to the squad ahead of the new season, and Emma brings both as one of the greatest goalkeepers to have graced the women’s game.”
Meanwhile, Sophie Bradley, who played for England during the 2011 World Cup and Team GB at the 2012 Olympic Games, has been released by Notts County following a series of injuries.
— sophie bradley (@sophiebradley2) January 20, 2017
She posted a statement on social media describing herself as “disappointed and sadden[ed]” by the club’s decision, adding, “My knee is doing great after having my third operation in August.
“I want you all to know I’ve far from given up and there’s no doubt about it that I will be back playing football for the winter league!”