Over in Dusseldorf, Argentina are getting a measure of revenge for their World Cup final defeat. They lead Germany 4-0 thanks to goals from Aguero, Lamela, Fernandez and Di Maria.
SECOND HALF: We're back underway. Can England give the Wembley faithful something to cheer?
46 mins: No changes from either side at the break.
48 mins: Norway have started the second half with much more adventure. They've dominated possession so far and earn a free kick on the right flank. Danger here. Jenssen whips in a dangerous ball and Henderson clears for a corner.
49 mins: GREAT SAVE! Joe Hart's strong wrists keep Joshua King's header from finding the net. England haven't woken up after the break.
51 mins: England finally win back possession but Sterling's ball forward gives it straight back to the visitors. Norway growing in confidence.
52 mins: More sloppy play from England. Cahill gives the ball away and King pounces, sprinting into the box. He beats Phil Jones but Joe Hart saves the striker's shot.
55 mins: Break in play as Mats Daehli is stretchered off. He's replaced by Anders Konradsen.
57 mins: Joe Hart has to be alert again as a header from midfield balloons over the centre-backs. The Man City stopper races off his line to grab the ball before Joshua King can get there.
59 mins: England finally must an attack. A poor cross from Oxlade-Chamberlain is cleared for a corner. The Arsenal man makes it worse by delivering a poor corner.
60 mins: Rooney springs Sturridge free down the left. The Liverpool striker drives into the box but, rather than deliver a telling cross, loses momentum and falls looking for a penalty. Goal kick.
The hashtag #thingsbetterthanbeingatWembley is trending on Twitter. Best shouts so far include: Sitting a General Studies exam, eating lobster with friends, lost on a deserted road and one about Oscar Pistorius that I can't repeat.
64 mins: Daniel Sturridge is getting some treatment as Gary Neville prowls the touchline. A word for the people at Wembley tonight. Despite being given precious little to cheer, they've remained fully behind Hodgson's men.
66 mins: PENALTY! Finally England spend some time in the final third. Sterling is brought down by Elabdellaoui. Up steps the captain.
67 mins: GOAL! Rooney hammers the spot kick past Nyland and into the left corner. 1-0.
Here come the England subs. Fabian Delph, James Milner and Danny Welbeck replace Wayne Rooney, Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
In Dusseldorf, Germany have grabbed two goals. Argentina lead 4-2.
72 mins: GREAT STRIKE! Danny Welbeck creates a chance for himself down the right. He traps Sterling's pass, spins and fires a rasping shot that is well saved by Nyland.
74 mins: The goal and the replacements have raised the atmosphere inside Wembley. Now Welbeck and Sturridge combine in Norway's box. Welbeck cuts the ball across the six-yard box but there's no one there to turn it in.
77 mins: Delph and Welbeck combine nicely down the left. Delph then wins back possession, find Sterling who cuts the ball back for Henderson who fires over the bar from 20 yards.
79 mins: More good work from Sterling and Milner in midfield. England have shown much more energy and a higher tempo since the goal.
80 mins: SUBSTITUTION - Calum Chambers gets a Wembley roar as he runs on for his debut. John Stones is the man to make way. The Everton youngster earns a pat on the head from Gary Neville.
83 mins: England having to defend as Norway camp in the final third. Fabian Delph makes a good interception to clear the danger.
84 mins: Incidentally, Gary Cahill took the captain's armband when Rooney went off. Now the Chelsea man passes it on to Joe Hart as he departs to be replaced by Phil Jagielka.
FINAL FIVE - it's been much better from England in the last 15 minutes. Can they find a final flourish to send the faithful home happy?
Worry for Monday - Gary Cahill has ice on his ankle as he sits on the bench. England will need him against Switzerland in next week's qualifier.
87 mins - Former Blackburn man Morten Gamst Pedersen enters the fray.
88 mins: Superb counter attack from England. They clear an awful corner, Welbeck finds Sterling who races forward and squares for Milner whose shots is blocked. Rickie Lambert comes on for the final minutes too.
89 mins: Raheem Sterling gets the man of the match award.
90 mins: Four minutes of added time. England look happy to see this out at 1-0.
90+1 mins: More good work from Sterling in an advanced position. He finds himself one on one down the left and earns a corner. Lambert rises but his header is cleared.
90+4 mins: Last chance for Norway as they launch a long ball into the 'mixer' but the linesman's flag goes up.
FULL TIME: That's it. An underwhelming performance from England that failed to restore the confidence Roy Hodgson had hoped to rediscover. Wayne Rooney's penalty settled matters but England looked unable to create chances from open play for long periods. Raheem Sterling was a deserved man of the match and England looked for more dangerous when he was pushed behind the strikers for the final 20 minutes. Hodgson is left with much to ponder ahead of next Monday's qualifier against Switzerland.