De Jong won’t curb his enthusiasm

Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong insists he will not curb

his combative approach to the game, despite recent criticism.

De Jong has established a reputation for taking no prisoners,

with the Dutchman prepared to put his body on the line every time

he takes to the field.

However, the Holland midfielder can, at times, overstep the

mark, with a crunching challenge on USA international Stuart Holden

in a recent friendly leaving the Bolton man with a broken leg.

Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk has called on De Jong to tone

down his all-action displays, for fear of losing the Blues ace to

suspension during this summer’s World Cup.

De Jong has no plans to heed that warning, though, with the

25-year-old adamant that he will not be changing his ways.

“It’s difficult because I always give 100 per cent,” he said.

“I spoke with the coach but he knows how I am as a player.

“But I also have to know that with international referees you

can’t do certain things, as you can in England. Over here, they

will play on for things that get stopped in international games.

“I just have to focus on my game and be smart in certain

situations on the pitch.”

De Jong added: “English competition suits me better than

German or Dutch at the moment, so I am happy to be here and willing

to give 100 per cent again this weekend.

“For me there is no holding back – not until I go back to

Holland for a game.

“If you hold back you are going to get injured or get a red

card. When it’s a 50-50 you have to go for it 100 per cent.”