Van der Meer added to Ferns squad

Marisa van der Meer has been called up to the Football Ferns for their upcoming internationals against Colombia in Bogotá.

The Wellington Phoenix centre back has taken the place of clubmate Macey Fraser, who has been forced to withdraw from the trip due to illness.

Van der Meer, who was a key member of the New Zealand U-17 and U-20 sides, was part of the Ferns squad at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, but has yet to make her senior bow.

She has been ever-present in the Phoenix back four since joining the club ahead of the 2022-23 Liberty A-League, and has started all six matches this season as the Nix have made their best ever start to a campaign.

Van der Meer will travel to Bogotá tonight with fellow Wellington players Michaela Foster, Kate Taylor, Mackenzie Barry, Brianna Edwards and Manaia Elliott.

The Ferns’ first match against Colombia is on Saturday, December 2 at 4pm (10am, Sunday December 3 NZT), with the second international on Tuesday, December 5 at 3pm (9am, Wednesday December 6 NZT).

The Wellington Phoenix will return after the international break with a match against Melbourne Victory at Porirua Park on Sunday, December 10.