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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

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Swansea's Dorus de Vries feels the fearless nature of opponents means English football is the toughest place to be a goalkeeper in the world.A scruffy set-piece goal denied the Swans an FA Cup win over Fulham last weekend and the 6ft 1in Dutchman is wary of the direct tactics often adopted in England. 

"I can tell you from the experience that is much harder to play as a goalkeeper in England because there is so much more work to do," de Vries told the South Wales Evening Post. 

"There are crosses coming in from everywhere. From corner kicks and free-kicks, everybody gets into the penalty box and starts annoying the goalkeeper. In Holland, for instance, the players back off. 

"They are a bit more scared - that's the mentality over there - whereas over here players just put their heads in to everything. If they head the post they don't care as long as the ball goes into the net."

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