The Orange women start on Friday with Lineth Beerensteyn as right back and central defender Aniek Nouwen in the European Championship qualifying match against Russia. The game starts at 4 p.m.
First international since March
Bayern Munich-player Beerensteyn is usually a striker or winger, but will operate as an attacking back in Moscow on Friday. PSV’s 21-year-old Nouwen is only playing her seventh international match.
The Orange has to do without Sherida Spitse in Russia. The captain was not released by her Norwegian club Valerenga, because otherwise she would have had to be quarantined when she returned.
Reigning European champion Orange will play his first international match since March, when France drew 3-3 in a friendly game. Due to the corona crisis, the European Championship of 2021 was already postponed by one year.
Russia is the biggest competitor for Orange in group A of the European Championship qualification. The group winner will go straight to the European Championship in 2022 in England, the numbers two will play in the play-offs.
After the game in Moscow, the Dutch will play against Estonia (home) and Kosovo (away) in October, after which the team of national coach Sarina Wiegman will close the European Championship qualification at home against Kosovo in December.
Russia: Shcherbak; Abdullina, Belomyttseva, Fedorova, Korovkina; Kozhnikova, Kozlova, Mashkova, Samoylova; Smirnova, Yakovlena.
Orange: Van Veenendaal; Beerensteyn, Van der Gragt, Nouwen, Janssen; Roord, Greens, Van de Donk; Van de Sanden, Miedema, Martens.