Kaagman Earns Maiden Holland Call-Up

Inessa Kaagman was alerted to her inclusion in Holland’s squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifier against Norway by having it screamed at her.

The Everton Ladies midfielder has been called up by the reigning European champions for the first time for their vital encounter against the Scandinavians, who sit four points behind leaders Holland in group B.

And she revealed to evertonfc.com how she received the news in a rather unorthodox manner via housemates Siri Worm and Dominique Bruinenberg. 

“I was very busy yesterday and I wasn’t thinking about it but suddenly Dom and Siri came upstairs screaming at me that I was in the squad," she said. "So it was a nice moment! 

“I wasn’t expecting it. The first time I was called up I was only on the standby list. I knew I was in the picture when it came to the national team but I didn’t expect to be in the team now, especially for such an important game against Norway. 

“I didn’t think I would be in the first 23 but it’s great that I have made it.”


Kaagman is no stranger to international football, having represented her country at Under-15 to Under-19 level.

Given there are plenty of players in the group that she used to line up with at former club Ajax, plus Everton teammate Worm, she has few concerns stepping up to senior level.

“This is my first senior camp so I just have to see how everything happens,” she added. “I would think I will be one of the substitutes for the game. But I just want to play well in training. 

“I have Siri with me, of course, and that will help. There are also a lot of my old Ajax teammates in the squad as well. So it’s going to be alright settling into the group.”

Kaagman and Worm are just two of a number of Everton players to be selected ahead of the upcoming internationals.

Angharad James and Gabby George could face each other when Wales host England in their World Cup qualifier in Newport later this month, with Elise Hughes also called up by Welsh head coach Jayne Ludlow.


Simone Magill could make her 50th appearance for Northern Ireland after she was named in their squad for World Cup qualifiers against Republic of Ireland and Slovakia.

Claudia Walker, plus new signings Abbey-Leigh Stringer and Hannah Cain, have been named in the England Under-23s squad for their Nordic Tournament campaign in Norway, with Georgia Brougham also called up. Kirstie Levell has been named on the standby list.

Young striker Hughes and development squad players Shannon Dukes and Emily Jones will also travel to Wales for a training camp with the Dragons’ Under-19s.

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