In May 2007 Verthongen made his debut in the Belgian national football team, in the Euros qualifying game against Portugal. It was the start of a long international career. He also competed in the World Cup 2014 (Brazil) and the Euros of 2016 (France).
On 10 October 2017 he became Belgian record international, with 97 caps, taking over this title from Jan Ceulemans (previous record holder with 96 caps)
On 27 March 2018 he had already played 99 games for the Red Devils, on many occasions in the past five years as the team captain.
On 02 June 2018, against Portugal again, he will be the first Belgian in the history of the Red Devils to play 100 matches for Belgium! Congratulations, Jan!!
In the summer of 2012 Vertonghen moved from Ajax for Tottenham Hotspur, where he signed a 4-year contract. He became of great value for the defence of this English Premier League team.
In 2013 he reached the quarter finals of the UEFA Europa League with Tottenham.
At the end of 2016 he extended his contract with three years.
He is now doing his sixth season at White Heart Lane and is considered one of the best defenders in the Premier League.
Jan Vertonghen was elected best player of the Premier League this season.
Between 2016 and 2012 Vertonghen grew into one of Ajax’ most important players.
He played with shirt number 28, in different positions, from central defender, to left midfielder and left back.
He played 155 games, scored 23 goals and becomes national champion twice in a row with the Amsterdam team.
In his last year there, he was also the team captain. In 2012 he won the Golden Shoe as best player of the ‘Eredivisie’.
Vertonghen was 6 years old when he started playing football, at VK Tielrode, the club in his home town.
At the age of 13 he went to play for Germinal Beerschot, after which he moved to the Ajax youth academy. Ajax was associated with Beerschot at the time.
After a few years in the A youth and young Ajax coach Henk ten Cate brought him into the first team in the preparation for the 2016-2017 season.