New Arsenal signing Jill Roord is not happy with her Dutch national team shirt number, calling it ‘ugly’.

ALKMAAR, NETHERLANDS - APRIL 09: Jill Roord of Netherlands in action during the International Friendly Women's match between Netherlands and Chile at AFAS-Stadium on April 09, 2019 in Alkmaar, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
ALKMAAR, NETHERLANDS – APRIL 09: Jill Roord of Netherlands in action during the International Friendly Women’s match between Netherlands and Chile at AFAS-Stadium on April 09, 2019 in Alkmaar, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Jill Roord arrived at Arsenal last week from Bayern Munich on a two-year deal after scoring 14 goals in 36 games for Bayern Munich.

Before she can get stuck in with her new club, however, there is the small matter of the World Cup this summer and Roord is not at all pleased at the possibility of being handed the number 12 shirt once again.

“I got ’12’ for the European Championship, but I think it’s just an ugly number. And sometimes I feel like I am number 12, yes,” Roord said. “I want another number now.”

It is not yet clear what number she will get at Arsenal, who haven’t even updated the Arsenal Women’s squad page to include her or new goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger.

This summer’s World Cup will be Roord’s third international finals tournament, getting a call-up to Canda four years ago when she was just 18.

“[I was] just 18 years old, I was really a baby then. I had not been with the group that long, I just came to watch. I looked my eyes out. But now I have been there for four years. This will be my third final tournament. The longer you sit, the more expectations you get. And no matter how hard it gets when you don’t play.

“I am still very young, I am doing well and I am very proud of that. But I also want to play, period.

“That is sometimes difficult. You can sometimes be the number 23 without expectations than the number 12 that does have expectations.

“And I crave more playing time.”

Roord also spoke about playing with Vivianne Miedema at club level now as well as international.

Netherlands' Vivianne Miedema (L) and Jill Roord (R) attend a training session at FC Twente stadium in Enschede, on August 2, 2017 on the eve of the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 football match between Netherlands and England.  / AFP PHOTO / DANIEL MIHAILESCU
Netherlands’ Vivianne Miedema (L) and Jill Roord (R) attend a training session at FC Twente stadium in Enschede, on August 2, 2017 on the eve of the UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 football match between Netherlands and England. / AFP PHOTO / DANIEL MIHAILESCU

“We have made many goals together. Viev and I feel good about each other, we find each other very easily in the field.

“But my choice for Arsenal is independent of that. I do a lot of things on intuition and I had the best feeling about this.

“The English league is on the rise and the way Arsenal plays appeals to me. I can get a lot there.

“But first the World Cup, that will be something huge. It is up to us to make that a success.”

Roord has 40 caps for her country after making her debut in 2015 against Thailand.

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