BREDE HANGELAND is prepared to put his World Cup dreams on hold to stay at Fulham.

With the odds on the Whites escaping the Premiership drop getting shorter by the day, the Norwegian knows Championship football won't sit well with national team boss Age Hareide. The coach is considering Hangeland (pictured) as not only the pivotal figure in his defence - but as a new team captain. Norway's 2010 World

Cup campaign kicks off in August - but it may have to do so without the Fulham player. If the worst comes to the worst, Hangeland wants to be around to get his new team promoted at the first attempt.

He said: "I knew when I joined in January there was a chance Fulham would go down. I've signed for three-and-a-half years, and if playing for Norway is affected, then I still want to do the best I can for my club."