Norway's hopes of winning a second women's World Cup this year will be hampered by the continued absence of Olympique Lyonnais striker and inaugural women's Ballon d'Or winner Ada Hegerberg.

The 23-year-old will not feature for the 1995 winners in France, as Norway manager Martin Sjogren said that talks to try to persuade her to return had failed.

"We tried to solve it, we had meetings, but she decided not to play," he told the BBC.

"She is a big profile in the game and Ada of course would be a great add to our squad if she wants to be a part of it. We won't get that phone call because she has declared she is not going to play the World Cup."

"As a coach, you need to focus on the players who want to be a part of the team and Ada doesn't.

"We respect that and we have been working hard with the other players and they have been doing a great job."

The World Cup, which will be broadcast on RTÉ television, will include 24 teams in total playing across nine cities in France.

The opening match takes place at Paris' Parc des Princes between the hosts and South Korea on 7 June.

Wexford native Michelle O'Neill has been selected as one of the 48 assistant referees for the tournament.