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Paul Bosvelt




Reviled in Manchester for nearly ending Denis Irwin's career in the Champions League two years ago, Bosvelt has a richly deserved reputation as a tough tackling midfielder.

Off the pitch, he is often compared to Paul Gascoigne because of the pranks he plays on team-mates. He has let stink bombs off in training and once tickled his colleagues by sending leaflets about hair replacement to a bald team-mate.

He visits England regularly to watch matches and soak up the pub culture. During the winter break Marc Overmars got him tickets for Arsenal against Leeds but when Bosvelt offered to return the favour with Feyenoord tickets Overmars said he didn't want to see them play.

If he were to line-up alongside Edgar Davids, Holland would have the fiercest midfield combination in the competition.

A relative newcomer to the squad, he is an industrious player who can dictate in midfield. He has been in the best form of his career this season.

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