Vivianne Miedema and Nikita Parris have been rested for upcoming international dates scheduled for this week so they can rest and prepare properly for Sunday’s FA Cup Final against Chelsea.
Netherlands will play an exhibition match against Japan tonight but Netherlands boss Mark Parsons has agreed to spare Miedema. During the last international break, Mark Parsons and Arsenal struck an agreement that saw Miedema rested for Netherlands’ World Cup qualifier against Belarus and Arsenal’s FA Cup semi-final against Brighton so she could have ten days off.
Meanwhile, Nikita Parris has left the England camp and been spared tomorrow’s World Cup qualifier against Latvia in Doncaster. Arsenal have a huge week on the horizon with a Wembley showdown against Chelsea in the FA Cup Final on Sunday, followed by a Champions League group stage match against Barcelona at Emirates Stadium. Jen Beattie has also been released from the Scotland squad as they play away at Spain on Tuesday evening. Beattie came off at half-time in Scotland’s draw against Ukraine, it is not yet clear whether this is injury related.
Nikita Parris “has left” the England Women’s camp. 🏴
She will return home for a “few days rest after a busy 14 months of domestic and international football.”
No replacement will be called up. England play Latvia in Doncaster tomorrow.
— Emma Sanders (@em_sandy) November 29, 2021
In the meantime, Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema has been voted BBC’s Women’s Footballer of the Year for 2021. Miedema beat off competition from Chelsea’s Sam Kerr and Barcelona’s Alexia Putellas to win the award.
Arsenal and Netherlands striker Vivianne Miedema has been voted BBC Women's Footballer of the Year for 2021! 🤩
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) November 29, 2021
Elsewhere, Arsenal have a number of players involved in international duty this week, Jonas Eidevall is hopeful that Mana Iwabuchi, an unused sub in Japan’s defeat to Iceland last week, will get some minutes for Japan against Netherlands tonight as she aims to prove her fitness ahead of Wembley.
On Tuesday, Noelle Maritz and Lia Walti will face Lithuania for Switzerland, Katie McCabe will captain Ireland who play at home to Georgia, Beth Mead, Lotte Wubben-Moy and Jordan Nobbs are in England contention for the home qualifier against Latvia, Manu Zinsberger will play for Austria in Luxembourg. Steph Catley, Lydia Williams and Caitlin Foord are part of the Australia squad for their friendly against USA in Newcastle, Australia on Tuesday morning UK time.