Footballer Janou Levels of Herten has been selected for the Dutch national team for the first time. The Orange Lionesses will play two World Cup qualifiers against Cyprus and Belarus next week.
Levels, born in Roermond and raised in Herten, has been playing for PSV since the 2018-2019 season. The defender actually went to Eindhoven at the age of 14 to play in the CTO, a talented team where players can optimally combine school and sports.
Jano Levels is one of three Limburg players selected by national coach Mark Parsons. Lieke Martins from FC Barcelona and Dominic Janssen from Wolfsburg have also been recalled. Lynne Willems, who also plays for Wolfsburg, was not selected. Still recovering from a back injury.
“This is an opportunity to see new players like Janu Levels,” national team coach Parsons said on the federation’s website. “We see that things are going well at the club, and it is interesting to see up close how the level rises.”
World Cup qualifiers
The Orange Lionesses will play for the first time against Cyprus on Friday, October 22, and Belarus will play at the Dinamo Stadium in Minsk on Tuesday, October 26. In September, there was a 1-1 draw at home against the Czech Republic and the first leg was won against Iceland 2-0. In Group C, the Netherlands decides along with the four countries mentioned above who will qualify directly for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in 2023.