Swansea City penalty hero Michel Vorm wants Dutch starting spot

Michel Vorm
Michel Vorm was an unused Netherlands sub in their 2010 World Cup final defeat

Michel Vorm hopes his impressive debut season in the Premier League can help Swansea survive in the top flight and earn him a regular Dutch starting spot.

Vorm is deputy to Roma keeper Maarten Stekelenburg in the Netherlands team but the 28-year-old wants the number one jersey at the Euro 2012 finals.

The Swans stopper secured his seventh clean sheet with a superb display to help his side beat Fulham 2-0 .

"It's important to show [coach] Bert van Marwijk what I can do," he said.

Dutch boss Van Marwijk does not only have Stekelenburg and Vorm at his disposal but Newcastle United's Tim Krul, who is alongside the Swansea keeper as one of the form players in the Premier League.

Vorm was an unused substitute when the Netherlands lost to Spain in the 2010 World Cup final but he hopes some eye-catching displays in his first season in English football can earn him a promotion within the national team setup.

"Stekelenburg is the number one and I am a good number two while Tim Krul is also doing very well in the Premier League," said Vorm.

"I think Holland have got three top goalkeepers so I want to stay fit, keep Swansea in the Premier League, then after that we'll see what happens with Holland in the European Championship."

Scott Sinclair and Danny Graham scored as Swansea beat Fulham on Saturday but the £1.5m bargain summer buy from FC Utrecht was man of the match as Vorm made a string of saves, including denying Clint Dempsey from the penalty spot.

Vorm made fine saves to stop Bryan Ruiz and Andy Johnson when in one-on-one positions as he helped the Swans to an "important" first win in five Premier League games.

The man nicknamed the "Penalty Killer" saved his second spot-kick this season against Fulham and Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers admitted: "We took him here as a renowned penalty stopper.

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"People will tell you that a good goalkeeper will get you up to 10-plus points and everyone knows we have a top keeper.

"It was a great bit of business for us, it's a steal.

"He has seven clean sheets in 15 games and Michel is a very big part of that team unit."

Vorm kept his concentration during a "boring" first half in which he hardly touched the ball, let alone make a save, and was pleased with his key role as the Swans maintained their best defensive home record in the Premier League.

"The pressure was on and we had to win," insisted Vorm.

"That was important. If we didn't win this game, the pressure would have got bigger."

Vorm was cautioned by referee Jon Moss for delaying Dempsey's penalty as the Swansea keeper walked away from the goal but he insisted there was no kidology involved.

"I moved away to get my head right rather than psyche him out," said Vorm.

"It was to get my concentration and relax as it was an important moment as I'm a goalkeeper who likes to be important and if they don't shoot the penalty right, you can save it."

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