He is an imposing figure with powerful shoulders.
"I'm not that big but when I see some other centre halves they're not much bigger," he told the Daily Mail.
Vermaelen knows this country harbours a fondness for gigantic central defenders but he adds: "William Gallas is not much bigger than me and Fabio Cannavaro is quite little. Sergio Ramos at Real Madrid is not big. For me it's not a problem."
"If you have quick players who play quick passes, then you have nothing with your height."