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Jarmo Matikainen has named his Wales squad for their friendly international against Holland next week.
The match will take place next Sunday 25th November at the Tata Steel Stadium in Velsen-Zuid and kick off is at 1.30pm GMT.
The game will be Wales' first since their 2-1 defeat to Scotland at Parc y Scarlets in Llanelli back in September, which ended their Euro 2013 play-off hopes in their last group match. It will also be the first time that the Wales senior team have played since Jayne Ludlow announced her international retirement recently.
Chelsea winger Helen Bleazard has been recalled to the squad and Nadia Lawrence, who won her first cap against Belgium in August, also returns. Bristol Academy's Ellie Curson receives a call-up for the first time after a string of appearances in the FA WSL towards the end of the season.
This will be only the fourth time that Wales have met Holland in a senior international and all of the previous three have ended in narrow defeats. The last meeting between the countries was back in February 2008 when the Dutch triumphed 1-0 at Newport in a Euro 2009 qualifying group match, Manon Melis scoring the only goal of the game.
The match will be part of Holland's preparations for next year's Euro 2013 Finals, for which they qualified as the best group runners-up. They have been drawn in the same group as Germany, Norway and Iceland. This will be Wales' 12th and final international of the year with the previous games having yielded five wins, two draws and four defeats.
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