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Women's World Cup: Netherlands Women's Team Profile

Sarina Wiegman masterminded Netherlands' run to the 2019 World Cup final, but things have been less impressive since her exit to coach the England Women's side to success.

Englishman Mark Parsons succeeded Wiegman but they were big shoes to fill and he made little impact in the Oranje dugout, with the Dutch crashing out of Euro 2022 at the quarter-final stage.

Parsons was replaced by Dutch maestro Andries Jonker last summer, but he will have his work cut out this summer with Netherlands placed in a tricky group.

Holders USA are the standout name in Group E, with Portugal and Vietnam completing the four in the section. Netherlands will expect to progress, but may not have things all their own way.

Netherlands' World Cup record:

The Dutch have appeared at only two World Cups, with their appearance in the final four years ago preceded by a round of 16 exit at the hands of Japan in Canada in 2015.

They have played 11 matches over the course of their two appearances at the finals and they have won on seven occasions, with one draw and three losses.

Netherlands won six of their seven matches at France 2019, with their only defeat coming in the final against the United States.

The Dutch have plenty to do to go one better at this summer's tournament.

How Netherlands qualified:

There was a nervy end to qualifying for the Netherlands, who had to win their final qualifying match with Iceland to avoid dropping into the play-offs.

It was tough on Jonker, who was in charge for only his second match after replacing Parsons earlier in the campaign.

A 93rd-minute winner from Esmee Brugts was needed to save the Dutch skin and see them qualify at the first time of asking.

Nonetheless, their record in qualifying looks impressive, with eight matches yielding six wins, two draws and no defeats.

They bagged an eye-catching 30 goals and conceded just three. That bodes will for their trophy hunt in Australia and New Zealand.

The Manager - Andries Jonker:

Jonker is in his second spell as head coach following an interim period in 2021 when he oversaw eight matches before moving to Barcelona as assistant manager to Louis van Gaal.

The Dutch tactician was also on hand to take over from Van Gaal as Bayern Munich manager on an interim basis in 2011, and was in charge of Arsenal's academy for three years between 2014 and 2017.

Jonker is very much influenced by Van Gaal and likes his teams to press and get forward as quickly as possible.

He rarely sticks to a favoured system and likes to be flexible with his positioning of players, but he has used 4-3-3 or 5-3-2 formations recently.

Confirmed squad:

Preliminary squad of 30. Final 23 set to be confirmed at the end of June.

Goalkeepers: Daphne van Domselaar, Lize Kop, Barbara Lorsheyd, Jacintha Weimar.

Defenders: Stefanie van der Gragt, Dominique Janssen, Kika van Es, Merel van Dongen, Aniek Nouwen, Lynn Wilms, Kerstin Casparij, Caitlin Dijkstra.

Midfielders: Sherida Spitse, Danielle van de Donk, Jackie Groenen, Jill Roord, Victoria Pelova, Damaris Egurrola, Jill Baijings, Wieke Kaptein.

Forwards: Lieke Martens, Shanice van de Sanden, Lineth Beerensteyn, Renate Jansen, Esmee Brugts, Katja Snoeijs, Romee Leuchter, Fenna Kalma, Tiny Hoekstra, Alieke Tuin.

Netherlands' Key Players:

Vivian Miedema is unquestionably the star of the show for the Oranje, but she will miss the tournament due to a ruptured ACL and, although they are huge shoes to fill, the Dutch look like they have a worthy replacement in Fenna Kalma.

Kalma scored 45 goals in 2022, and bagged 83 in 75 appearances for Dutch side Twente. Only Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe scored more goals last year than Kalma, who signed for Wolfsburg in May on a three-year deal.

She will link up in Germany with compatriot Jill Roord, who also has a key role to play for the Netherlands Down Under.

Roord is a strong operator who will look to keep the Dutch on the front foot and her range of passing is a joy to watch.

She is equally at home further forward or out wide and she has bagged 20 goals in 85 matches for her country.

Netherlands' Group Fixtures:

Group E
Netherlands vs Portugal, Dunedin, New Zealand, 23rd July 2023
United States vs Netherlands, Wellington, New Zealand, 27th July 2023
Vietnam vs Netherlands, Dunedin, New Zealand, 1st August 2023

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