Lieke Martens and Kika van Es are missing in the selection of the Orange Women that national coach Sarina Wiegman announced on Tuesday. The European champion and vice-world champion will start qualifying for the European Championship 2021 at the end of this month.
Wiegman has called up 23 players for the duels with Estonia (August 30) and Turkey (September 3). Van Es is struggling with a knee injury and Martens still suffers from a toe, which already hindered the World Football Player of the year 2017 at the World Cup.
Defender Aniek Nouwen (PSV) and attacker Ashleigh Weerden (FC Twente) take their places. Furthermore, the selection is unchanged compared to the World Cup in France.
Thanks to the second place in that tournament, the Dutch team has moved up to third place in the world ranking. Estonia is the number 99 on the FIFA ranking and Turkey is in 62nd place.
The Orange squad will take on Russia, Slovenia and Kosovo in group A of the European Championship qualification. The group winner goes directly to the European Championship in England, just like the best three numbers two. The remaining numbers two of the nine groups play in the play-offs for the remaining tickets for the European Championship in England.
Estonia-Orange starts on August 30 at 6 p.m. in Tallinn. The kick-off of the Netherlands-Turkey is in Heerenveen three days later at 8 p.m.
Orange Women selection
Keepers: Loes Geurts (Gothenburg FC), Lize Kop (Ajax), Sari van Veenendaal (Atlético Madrid).
Defenders: Dominique Bloodworth (VfL Wolfsburg), Anouk Dekker (Montpellier HSC), Merel van Dongen (Real Betis), Stefanie van der Gragt (FC Barcelona), Danique Kerkdijk (Brighton & Hove Albion), Desiree van Lunteren (Ajax), Liza van der Most (Ajax), Aniek Nouwen (PSV)
Midfielders: Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal), Jackie Greens (Manchester United), Inessa Kaagman (Everton), Victoria Pelova (Ajax), Jill Roord (Arsenal), Sherida Spitse (Valerenga).
Forwarders : Lineth Beerensteyn (FC Bayern Munich), Ellen Jansen (Ajax), Renate Jansen (FC Twente), Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal), Shanice of the Sanden (Olympique Lyon), Ashleigh Weerden (FC Twente).