By Dominic Toner
Vincent Janssen believes that his team-mate Jan Vertonghen is a crucial player for Tottenham.
The pair are set to line-up against each other on Wednesday night as the Netherlands host Belgium in an international friendly.
Vertonghen, 29, is regarded as a consistent performer in the Spurs side and is the only defender to play every minute of the current Premier League season.
The Belgium international is often overshadowed by compatriot Toby Alderweireld in Spurs’ defence, but has continued to perform with the latter currently sidelined through injury.
Dutch forward Janssen feels that he will find it difficult playing against Vertonghen and hailed his importance to Spurs.
“Belgium will be strong with Jan at the back,” Janssen said, as quoted by the club’s official website. “He is a player with a lot of quality and he is showing everyone how important he is for us at Spurs with his current form.
Vertonghen completed a move to White Hart Lane in 2012 from Dutch side Ajax and has established himself as a regular centre-back for the north London club, but is oftenused as a left-back by his national side Belgium.
The defender has racked up 177 appearances for Spurs and has received just one card in that time.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have received praise for boasting stars like Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Hugo Lloris and Alderweireld, but Vertonghen remains a constant feature in the starting XI.
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