Spurs star rules out international retirement

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen has committed his future to his country, Belgium, amidst talks of international retirement.

Many players choose to step down for their national side once they pass the 30 barrier in order to concentrate on club football.

Jamie Vardy has recently declared himself internationally retired for England, as training for club and country can be extremely physically demanding, especially when you aren’t even in the first choice eleven.

Jan Vertonghen, 31, has had no such thoughts, as Belgium’s all-time most capped player.

Belgium enjoyed an impressive third place finish in the 2018 Russia World Cup and will be looking to go even better at Euro 2020.

It is clear that Vertonghen is unwilling to give up the chance of winning a major honour with his country.

Vertonghen said: “I understand that it is tempting to think so, because playing continually can be physically demanding.

“But I do not really believe in it.

“Other guys might have thought about stopping and watching before the World Cup: no one has left. If the atmosphere is the way it is now, that does not happen.”

It seems that Vertonghen will continue making himself available for his country for as long as he physically can.

The Tottenham defender will be returning to Tottenham this week to begin preparations towards the huge Liverpool clash at the weekend.

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