Kerkdijk: England have a bright future under Wiegman

Albion defender backs new England women's manager to be successful when she starts next year.

By Charlie Hanson • 26 November 2020

Danique Kerkdijk is away with the Netherlands during the international break.

Danique Kerkdijk has said the England national team have a bright future under Sarina Wiegman.

Wiegman will leave her job as Holland manager next September, having guided her country to the European Championship in 2017 and last year's World Cup final, to take over from Phil Neville as England boss.

Kerkdijk, who has won 17 caps for Holland, said, “Serena Wiegman has developed the Netherlands a huge amount, she has taken us from 14th in the world to second.

“She is a really good manager and really strong on the pitch. She has a plan and you know that the plan will work. It's a loss for Dutch football, but I think she can make the difference for England. She made the difference for us.”


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Albion head coach Hope Powell was in charge of England between 1998-2013, but Kerkdijk has said it's difficult to compare her to Weigman.

“I only know Hope as a team manager and not an international manager. But I know for sure they both have a big impact on teams, with their experience I know they can add a huge amount wherever they go.”

The 24-year-old was in the Holland squad that finished as World Cup runners-up, but as she recalls in a podcast on My AlbionTV, her path to the tournament wasn't straightforward.

“In April 2017, we had our international camp and we played two friendlies ahead of the Euros. We knew that the squad would be announced afterwards. There were 25 players but only 23 could go. I had a meeting and they told me I wasn't in the final squad.

Danique Kerkdijk made the World Cup 2019 23-player squad for Holland.

“Then on the last day of the training camp for the World Cup, we had another meeting and we were told that we were all going.

“I look back at the World Cup with real positivity, we finished second. Of course I wanted to play, but I was a part of the squad and I had such a good time.

“Everybody looks back on it as a wonderful thing. America are such a strong team, so we think that getting to the final was a pretty good achievement.”

Listen to Danique’s podcast by clicking here.