“I obviously know the opposing team a little better than average because I spent a year in Portugal,” said the 34-year-old defender. “For me, this is definitely a more special meeting than for the average Devil.”
Belgium, first in their group, will simply have to beat the defending champion to continue their journey. “It’s their strongest generation in ages. They have players in all positions who play in big leagues, who have won titles and who are very strong. It’s really a team that has been built in. time.”
Portugal is an opponent who will have marked the international course of the left-hander of Saint-Nicolas. “I got my first and my hundredth cap against Portugal. This nation seems to be the common thread of my career,” he said on the federation’s social networks. “It’s special to meet them, especially so early in the tournament.”
Vertonghen, long active at Tottenham, left London for Lisbon last summer. “My children are at school in Portugal and like everyone else they have to support the Portuguese national team. I had to explain to them that dad was going to play against Porugal. I think they did not have very well understood, “he laughed.
“It’s a fantastic country and the people are very warm. I made a lot of bonds in a short time,” said Vertonghen, who is due to play his 130th game with the national team on Sunday night in Sevilla.