Past and present collide as England face Netherlands in ‘special’ friendly | England women’s football team

There may well have been moments this year when Sarina Wiegman and Mark Parsons unwittingly crossed paths at Schiphol airport but on Friday night the pair will come face to face in a “very special” pre-Euro 2022 friendly at Elland Road.

While Wiegman frequently commutes to work as the England Women manager from her home in The Hague, Parsons can regularly be spotted travelling to the Netherlands from his family’s base in Surrey.

As Wiegman’s sucessor, the Oranje’s 35-year-old English manager has much to live up to. The former Chelsea Women reserve coach has enjoyed considerable…

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