Paul Robinson claimed the incident that saw Tottenham player Jan Vertonghen’s family held at knifepoint is “terrible”. 

The former White Hart Lane goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, was worried that footballers have become targets in recent years.

Vertonghen, 32, was away in Germany on Champions League duty when his family was held at knifepoint by four men who subsequently burgled his home.

The defender was playing in the second leg defeat to Red Bull Leipzig when the break-in occurred.

Robinson stressed the importance of player liaisons safeguarding their players and families, as he recalled his experience of being burgled in 2005.

“It is terrible,” Robinson told Football Insider.

“I had a similar thing happen to me when I was at Tottenham playing for England but thankfully I nor my family was there. They knew that the family were away with the team while we were playing against Wales.

“We saw the incident with the Arsenal players and it is just very unfortunate that they become targets because of their wealth, their status and the assets they have got.

“It is important that the player liaisons take as many security measures they can to safeguard themselves and their families.”

The former England keeper was the victim of a burglary in 2005 whilst on England duty. Burglars smashed a window and stole jewelry from his home whilst he was away.

Last July Arsenal players Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac were attacked by armed robbers in Hampstead, north-west London – one of whom has been jailed.

Vertonghen has made 26 appearances for Spurs this season, scoring twice.

In other Tottenham news, Kevin Phillips has told Football Insider he is blown away by transfer development.