Dec 01, 2023 at 7:31 PM Update: 2 minutes ago
Dominique Janssen will return to the starting line-up for the Netherlands on Friday for the Nations League cracker against England. Vivianne Miedema starts on the bench in the Wembley stadium.
Janssen missed the previous international match due to a pelvic injury. The 28-year-old defender was out of action for a few weeks and therefore missed the two Nations League matches against Scotland. The Dutch team nevertheless won both matches (4-0 and 0-1). Kerstin Casparij was her replacement, but is now back on the bench.
Miedema is in the final phase of her rehabilitation from a cruciate ligament injury, but is not yet fit enough to start. The all-time top scorer made her return for the Dutch team at the Goffert Stadium at the end of October after ten months of injuries. She came on for Renate Jansen in the 83rd minute against Scotland.
National coach Andries Jonker will not make any further changes. In addition to Miedema, he called up eight more attackers. Jonker wants to have a striker for every scenario and therefore also brought Romée Leuchter and Shanice van de Sanden into the selection. Van de Sanden last played an international match two years ago.
Beth Mead cannot yet start with the English team. The star was called up for the first time by national coach Sarina Wiegman after a serious knee injury. Mead, like her partner Miedema, was sidelined for almost a year due to the injury.
Netherlands 4-9 (+5) Belgium 4-7 (+1) England 4-6 (0) Scotland 4-1 (-6)
The Dutch team has group profit in their own hands
With two rounds to go, the Netherlands is at the top of group A. Jonker’s team has two points more than Belgium. The English must win to maintain a view of group victory and thus an Olympic ticket.
Three countries are still in the race, but the Dutch team has the best starting position. Group victory could be certain on Friday: that will happen if the Netherlands wins and Belgium simultaneously loses points against Scotland. Even if the Dutch draw or lose to England, a group win is still possible.
The match between England and the Netherlands starts at 8:45 PM (Dutch time) at Wembley in London. On Tuesday, the Dutch team will face Belgium in the final round. That match starts at 8:45 PM in the Willem II stadium in Tilburg.