‘I missed you Super Jan’ Tottenham legend Vertonghen scores a goal for the Belgium national team ‘after 5 years’
Veteran defender Jan Vertonghen, who previously played for Tottenham Hotspur, tasted a goal for the Belgium national team for the first time in five years.메이저놀이터
Belgium won 5-0 in the 5th match of Group F of Euro 2024 against Estonia held at the Stade Roi Baud-Ain in Brussels, Belgium on the 13th (Korean time). Belgium took the lead with Austria with 4 wins and 1 draw (13 points).
Born in 1987, Vertonghen is now in his mid-30s but is still a member of the Belgian national team. He started as a central defender in the match against Estonia. Vertonghen scored the first goal in this game in the 4th minute of the first half. It has been about five years and two months since Vertonghen scored a goal in an international match in the 2018 FIFA World Cup round of 16 against Japan.
After Vertonghen’s valuable first goal, Belgium bombarded Estonia. Leandro Trossar scored the second goal in the 18th minute of the first half, and Belgium finished the first half up 2-0. Romelu Lukaku scored multiple goals in the 11th and 13th minutes of the second half. Belgium put a wedge in the game with Charles de Ketelaer’s goal in the 43rd minute of the second half.
Vertonghen, a former Ajax player, was at his peak after wearing the Tottenham uniform in the summer of 2012. He has established himself as the core of Tottenham’s defense with his quick speed, forward movement, and excellent left-foot build-up ability. Vertonghen played 313 official games for eight years at Tottenham. Thanks to Vertonghen’s solid defense, Tottenham finished second in the league in the 2016/17 season and advanced to the UEFA Champions League final in the 2018/19 season.
Vertonghen is a player who also has a close relationship with Son Heung-min. Son Heung-min, who joined Tottenham in 2015, worked together with Vertonghen for five years. Vertonghen was the player who provided the assist for the goal against Burnley in 2019, which earned Son Heung-min the Puskas Award. When it was confirmed that Son Heung-min won the Puskas Award, Vertonghen posted on social media, “He owes me an assist. “Congratulations on winning the Puskas Award,” he posted.
Vertonghen’s contract with Tottenham expired at the end of the 2019/20 season, ending his stay with Tottenham. Afterwards, he moved to Portugal’s Benfica as a free agent and spent two years in Portugal. Last summer, he returned to his home country with a move to Anderlecht in Belgium. Currently, he serves as the team captain.