Inessa Kaagman of Brighton & Hove Albion women Brighton and Hove Albion Women v Birmingham City Women, WSL football match, The People’s Pension Stadium, Crawley, UK - 06 Sep 2020 Photo: Sean Ryan for The FA

Brighton & Hove Albion pair set for rare Dutch starts in Pristina?

Brighton & Hove Albion pair Danique Kerkdijk and Inessa Kaagman could be considered for rare starts for The Netherlands when they travel to Pristina to face Kosovo in their latest UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 qualifier on Tuesday.

Sarina Wiegman’s side have already qualified for England 2022 with two games to spare after defeating Estonia 7-0 in Groningen on Friday evening.

Wiegman could opt for some squad rotation when The Netherlands face fourth-placed nation Kosovo at the Stadiumi Fadil Vokrri in Pristina which could mean starts for players such as Brighton & Hove Albion duo Kerkdijk and Kaagman. Both players were 61st-minute substitutes for the Dutch against Estonia on Friday evening but they have rarely started matches for their nation in recent times.

Defender Kerkdijk has started just one match in 19 months for The Netherlands, that fixture being the goalless draw against Canada in the Tournoi de France in March this year. She has been an unused substitute in seven of The Netherlands’ eight UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 qualifying matches.

Club teammate Kaagman’s last start for her country was the same fixture as Kerkdijk in March. The midfielder’s previous start came way back in January 2019 when the Dutch defeated South Africa 2-1 in an international friendly.

Should they be selected in Pristina, Kerkdijk would collect her 18th senior cap for her country while Kaagman would make her ninth appearance.

The Netherlands will compete their qualification campaign with a home fixture against Kosovo. A final date for that fixture is yet to be officially confirmed but the match is likely to be played during the next international date on the calendar at the end of November.

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