Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen tonight became the all-time leading appearance holder for the Belgian national team.
Vertonghen, a 30-year-old central defender, arrived at White Hart Lane from Ajax in 2012, and has since gone on to establish himself as one of the most consistent stoppers in the English top-flight.
His stellar form has not been reserved for the North Londoners, however, as he has also proven a key piece of the Belgian national setup for several years now.
Alongside fellow Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld, he has provided the solid base on which the Red Devils’ array of world-class attackers have been allowed to strut their stuff, with his appearance tonight marking an incredible milestone in Vertonghen’s international career.
Having already secured their place at next summer’s World Cup in Russia, Roberto Martinez’s men welcomed minnows Cyprus to the King Baudouin Stadium in the final fixture of their Group H campaign.
The Red Devils emerged with a comfortable 4-0 victory, courtesy of goals from Eden Hazard (2), brother Thorgan Hazard and substitute Romelu Lukaku.
Belgium 3-0 Cyprus
1-0 Eden Hazard
2-0 Thorgan Hazard
3-0 Eden Hazard
The best brother partnership since this pair… pic.twitter.com/blD66OpCwY
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) October 10, 2017
While it was the Hazard brothers who took the majority of the plaudits on the day, a special moment pre-kick-off was reserved solely for Jan Vertonghen.
The experienced stopper tonight became the most capped player in the history of the Belgian national team, with his 97th appearance marked by an award on behalf of the country’s football association:
— BelgianRedDevils (@BelRedDevils) October 10, 2017