Dominique Bruinenberg is delighted to see roommates Siri Worm and Inessa Kaagman in the latest Netherlands squad – and has set her sights on joining them on the international stage.
Both Worm and Kaagman are with the reigning European champions in Cape Town, South Africa, for a friendly as part of their preparations for this summer’s World Cup in France.
Bruinenberg, 25, has represented her country at Under-19 level but has targeted making the step up to the senior squad.
And the midfielder, who joined the Blue Girls from Sunderland in July 2018, believes she is at the right club to help her make that progression.
“I am really happy to see Siri and Inessa with the Holland team,” she said. “Those two being away also gives me some peace and quiet in the house! I’m delighted they have both been called up and I hope they do really well.
“I would definitely like to push on and try to join in them in the Dutch squad. It has always been and still is a really big goal for me.
“I know it will be hard because that group of players is so strong. But if I keep pushing myself then I am confident my opportunity can still come. I really hope I can push my game on to the next level from now until the end of the season.
“I want to show I am capable of playing at international level.
“I believe Everton is the club to help me do that. We want to play as a team, we want to improve as a team and for me as an individual, I can really contribute to that. If this team keeps improving then I will raise the level of my game as well.”
In her relatively short career to date, Bruinenberg has plenty of experience under her belt. After breaking through at SC Telstar back in her homeland, she moved on to Den Haag where she won the KNVB Cup.
In 2016, she made the switch to Italy, playing in the Champions League with Verona, before joining the Black Cats a year later.
But Bruinenberg insists she “feels at home” at Everton and believes she can progress even further under the guidance of manager Willie Kirk.
“I have been enjoying it at Everton very much,” she added. “If I look at myself as a player last season, I have made huge steps both physically and mentally. I feel I have improved a lot.
“Obviously I haven’t played as much as I would have liked. But I have just concentrated on working really hard to get my physicality up. I know I am a good player – I just need to make sure everything falls into place.
“I really feel at home here and this is the place for me to improve my game.”
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