Jan Vertonghen v Mario Gotze

Jan Vertonghen equals Belgium national team record

Tottenham central-defender Jan Vertonghen is set to start against Belgium making his 96th appearance.

This will equal the record number of appearances made by Jan Ceulemans, who played for Belgium between 1977 and 1991.

Belgium take on Bosnia and Herzegovina in their penultimate World Cup qualifying match. 

Third consecutive tournament

Miraculously, the World Cup in Russia next year is only Belgium’s fifth appearance at a major tournament since the start of this century.

Belgium football has come an awfully long way in recent years, with this being their third consecutive appearance at a major tournament.

Right now, their squad is sensational and on paper, they could be made one of the hot favourites to reign victorious in Russia.

Here is their full line-up to start against Bosnia this evening.

The issue for Belgium has been functioning as a team.

As mentioned, on paper, this starting eleven could well be considered as one of the best in the world, however, Belgium are yet to reach their full potential.

Recently, they have undergone a turbulent patch transitioning between managers, with their pure quality of individuals managing to grind out results.

Come next summer in Russia, this team must learn to be more cohesive with one another should they hope to be crowned world champions.

Joint most capped

Jan Vertonghen has been at the forefront of this rise in Belgium football.

He made his debut for the Belgium Red Devils back in 2007 against Portugal.

He has since gone on to make 95 appearances and this evening he will make a record-equalling 96th.

On Tuesday, he could break the record, should he be handed a 97th cap for his country.


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