The Orange Women will meet Sweden on Saturday with Dominique Janssen in their first group match at the European Championship in England. The defender was a doubt for the game in Sheffield.
Line-up Orange women
- Van Veenendaal; Wilms, Van der Gragt, Nouwen, Janssen; Greens, Van de Donk, Spitse; Roord, Miedema, Martens.
- Lindahl; Ilestedt, Bjorn, Eriksson; Glass, Angeldal, Seger, Andersson; Asllani, Hurtig, Rolfo.
27-year-old Janssen dropped out injured during a training session in England on Wednesday. Although the VfL Wolfsburg defender said after the session that she had stopped as a precaution, national coach Mark Parsons told his press conference on Friday that she was doubtful for the game against Sweden.
Janssen participated in the warm-up in the first fifteen minutes of the last training in Sheffield on Friday. The rest of the training was decided. Lineth Beerensteyn also just played along with the Orange Women. Like Janssen, the Juventus attacker was injured in training on Wednesday. She starts on the couch.
National coach Parsons will stick to his familiar eleven names for the first group match at the European Championship. That means that Lynn Wilms, Stefanie van der Gragt and Aniek Nouwen together with Janssen form the much-criticized defense of the defending champion. Sari van Veenendaal is standing under the bar and wearing the captain’s armband.
Daniëlle van de Donk also has a basic place. The attacking midfielder made her comeback at her club Olympique Lyonnais last month after being sidelined for seven months with a rare foot injury. Last week against Finland (2-0 win), she played a full game for the first time since her injury.
Sweden took Olympic silver last year and is one of the favorites at the European Championship.
Sweden favorite for European title
In Sweden, the important player Stina Blackstenius is missing in the base. The Arsenal attacker is struggling with a minor thigh injury and will start on the bench. FC Barcelona striker Fridolina Rolfö and record international Caroline Seger (230 international matches) are the eye-catchers at the Swedes.
The Orange women have a tough job to do with Sweden. The team of national coach Peter Gerhardsson took silver at the Olympic Games in Tokyo last year and is one of the favorites for the European title. The Netherlands became European champion in its own country five years ago.
The Netherlands-Sweden starts on Saturday at 9 p.m. (Dutch time) on Bramall Lane in Sheffield and is led by Welsh referee Cheryl Foster. About 2,500 Dutch fans will be in the stadium of Premier League club Sheffield United.
After the match against Sweden, duels with Portugal (July 13 in Leigh) and Switzerland will follow (July 17 in Sheffield). The other group match between Portugal and Switzerland started at 6 p.m. in Leigh.
European Championship program Orange women
- July 9 in Sheffield: Netherlands-Sweden (9 p.m.)
- July 13 in Leigh: Netherlands-Portugal (9 p.m.)
- July 17 in Sheffield: Switzerland-Netherlands (6 p.m.)