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Dutch gain from Kuyt graft

Born in the tiny fishing village of Katwijk aan Zee, Dirk Kuyt has brought his unglamorous qualities of grit and determination to bear on the Netherlands national team here at the FIFA World Cup™.

Not the flashiest of players, the Liverpool striker – equally at home playing out wide – puts in the hard minutes in each and every game, fighting for every ball, tracking back to help defend and even chipping in with the odd goal. And while some might bemoan the lack of carefree style in this organised incarnation of the Oranje, renowned through the years for their invention and panache, Kuyt stresses their focus on one thing: points.

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