Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen thanks Chelsea star Eden Hazard for classy gesture

Jan Vertonghen makes Belgium history

Tottenham had a very positive international break with a number of their players performing well.

As it stands, unlike Liverpool (with Sadio Mane) and Manchester United (Marouane Fellaini), Spurs do not appear to have picked up any major injuries.

Harry Kane scored in both England games and reached the World Cup.

Christian Eriksen scored in both Denmark matches and reached the World Cup play-offs.

Davinson Sanchez was part of the Colombia side that secured World Cup qualification.

97 caps for Belgium

Meanwhile, Belgium were already qualified for the World Cup. As a result, Jan Vertonghen could break another record.

The Tottenham central defender played twice for Belgium, in wins over Bosnia-Herzegovina and Cyprus, to mark 97 caps for the Red Devils.

As a result, Vertonghen is now the most capped player in Belgium history.

Vertonghen thanks Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard

For the 4-0 win over Cyprus on Tuesday night, Vertonghen was offered the Belgium captaincy by Eden Hazard.

And, the Spurs defender has thanked the Belgium star publicly for the gesture.

Vertonghen said: “Yes, it’s true. He came to me to tell me to take the captain’s armband, I thought that was really nice of him, but I refused. I’m not a guy who wants to push himself into the spotlight or stand out from the crowd.”

The Spurs man continued: “I heard it said that I wanted to play with the No. 97 shirt against Cyprus to mark the occasion, but that’s not true. I’m a normal guy who wants to play games, whether it be the first, the 95th or the 97th of my international career. But to come back to Eden, that shows his great generosity that he had that idea, and I thank him for it.”

In the end, Eden Hazard scored twice, brother Thorgan Hazard and Romelu Lukaku scored in Belgium’s win.

Jan Vertonghen celebrates 97 caps on Instagram

I’ve come a long way since this… 😂 #97caps #Belgium #throwback

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Moussa Dembele congratulates Jan Vertonghen

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