Batlle selected for Spain’s Euro squad with Groenen and Miedema capped by Netherlands

VIVIANNE MIEDEMA and Chelsea defender Aniek Nouwen are one of three WSL stars included in Mark Parson’s Dutch Women’s Euro squad.

Manchester United ace Jackie Groenen is also listed in the squad along with club mate Ona Batlle who is expected to represent Spain.


Vivianne Miedema will be part of the Netherlands team that will try to win a second consecutive Women’s Euro trophyCredit: AFP
Shanice van de Sanden is on the Netherlands' waiting list for the Euros and hasn't been included in their squad


Shanice van de Sanden is on the Netherlands’ waiting list for the Euros and hasn’t been included in their squadCredit: Getty

But Wolfsburg’s Shanice van de Sanden, who has 91 senior international caps, has been left out of the 23-man Dutch squad.

The 29-year-old winger, who has been named to the team’s reserve list, was saddened not to be cut five years after helping them win their first Euro crown.

In a post share Via his Twitter account, Van de Sanden said: “I’m disappointed not to have been named in the squad for the Euros this summer.

“I did everything I could to represent my country, but setbacks are a part of life and how you handle them is up to you.

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“Heads up, work hard and keep believing. To all our fans, I love you.

The Netherlands, who won Euro 2017 under former boss Sarina Wiegman, are among the favorites to triumph in the tournament in England this summer.

The competition will start on Wednesday 6e of July with the Lionesses taking on Austria at Old Trafford in the first clash of the contest.

The Netherlands squad includes a number of former Women’s Super League players.


Former Arsenal aces Danielle van de Donk, 30, Jill Roord, 25 and Dominique Janssen, 27, have been called up by Parsons as well as former Everton midfielder Damaris Egurrola.

Janssen and Roord were part of the Wolfsburg squad that reached the Champions League semi-finals last season.

And Egurrola, 22, and Van de Donk were part of the Lyon side that triumphed over Barcelona in the final of the contest this year.

That game saw Van de Donk return to form for the French giants after recovering from surgery following a ruptured Achilles in November.

This summer, the Netherlands will be looking to win a second straight European crown after losing 4-2 to Denmark in the final five years ago.

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They will face Group C rivals Sweden at Bramall Lane in their first game of the tournament on July 9.

Asked if he had any sleepless nights before the Euros, Parsons, 35, said: “I think there have been sleepless months in preparation.

“We tried to build the best group and the best squad ahead of a massive summer for women’s football.

“The performance of the players continues to be at a high level not only in camp with us, but also in the Eredivisie and also in many other countries where our players play.

“It was difficult and the (coaching) staff were relentless in the details.

Man United's Ona Batlle in Spain squad ahead of Women's Euro


Man United’s Ona Batlle in Spain squad ahead of Women’s EuroCredit: Reuters

“And I’m very happy that we’ve come to this point and that we know our group and who is ready to help us as we prepare for the summer.”

Jorge Vilda’s Spain squad features just one player from a league away from the country with Red Devils ace Batlle, 22, included in the squad.

The squad includes 11 LaLiga Women title holders Barcelona and seven of their rivals Real Madrid.