In May 2007 Vertonghen 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) the Euros of 2016 (France), the World Cup 2018 (Russia) and the Euros 2020.
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 2 June 2018, against Portugal again, he became the first Belgian to play 100 matches with the national team!
On 14 July 2018, with the Red Devils, he achieved the third place at the World Cup in Russia.
On 14 July 2018 with the Red Devils he achieved the third place at the World Cup in Russia.
Jan Vertonghen signed a contract of three seasons with SL Benfica in August 2020, the record champion of Portugal.
In the summer of 2012 Vertonghen moved from Ajax to Tottenham Hotspur, where he would stay until 2020. He became of great value for the defence of the English Premier League team and in his first season was chosen as Premier League Player Of the Month (March 2013) and at the end that season chosen by his football colleagues in the PFA Team Of The Year. He would receive the same colleague recognition once more at the end of the season 2017-2018. The Tottenham Hotspur Player of the Year Award he also won in 2018.
Vertonghen played 315 games for Tottenham and scored 14 goals for the club. In 2013 he reached the quarter finals of the UEFA Europa League with his teammates.
Between 2006 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, won two cups and became national champion twice in a row with the Amsterdam team in 2011 and 2012.
In his last season, 2011-2012, he was also the team captain and won the Golden Shoe as best player of the ‘Eredivisie’ league.
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 during the preparation for the 2006-2007 season.