Tottenham Hotspur fans remember Toby Alderweireld – Jan Vertonghen partnership after Belgium beat Portugal in 2020 Euro last-16
The two defensive stalwarts spent a long time together at Spurs as well as Ajax, the club that originally discovered their talent. In fact, the two have played an astounding 353 matches with each other throughout their careers.
It has come to a point where if someone mentions Alderweireld, you’re bound to have Vertonghen’s name pop up in your head as well. The latter spent 8 seasons at Spurs since signing from Ajax in 2012.
The 34-year-old left for SL Benfica last summer, with Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez now sharing game-time alongside the former Southampton and Atletico Madrid defender at N17.
Spurs remember Vertonghen fondly
The two have reunited again this summer for the Belgian side and started along with Vermaelen in defence against the 2016 Euro champions. Thorgan Hazard’s strike 3 minutes from half-time turned out to be the only goal of the game.
Belgium’s defence kept their composure and ended the game with a clean sheet, booking a place in the last 8 against Italy. Roberto Martinez’s side boasts of a perfect record so far at the competition with 4 wins from 4.
Their defence has played a massive role in that, with Denmark being the only side that has managed to put a goal past them. And the task against Portugal was probably their toughest so far – with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Diogo Jota, and Joao Felix lining up against them.
But they passed the test and won the plaudits of fans around the globe. Spurs fans took a special interest in the game and when the club Twitter account congratulated Alderweireld on the win, they demanded Vertonghen’s inclusion in the tweet as well.
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Here are some of the best reactions as found on Twitter:
it’s not illegal to say Jan’s name admin
— seb🌴™️ (@batibat_10) June 27, 2021
Shame for not using a photo of toby and jan
— Dylan🏴 (@SpursScotsman) June 27, 2021
Congratulate Vertonghen right now!
— James Harris (@JamesCHarris97) June 27, 2021
Would have been better and more sincere had you included Jan Vertonghen in those "congratulations" given the service he's given Spurs
— Tom Fahy (@TomFahyNo2) June 27, 2021
— Micky O’Sullivan (@MickyOSullivan1) June 27, 2021
And Jan, come on Admin
— Dominic_thfc (@Domino82432672) June 27, 2021
And @JanVertonghen 👏🤍
— Trevor Lloyd (@Trevorlloyd92) June 27, 2021
— Club Tottenham Hotspur (@ClubTropicana4) June 27, 2021