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Super Jan announces retirement from international football

Legendary former defender Jan Vertonghen has announced his retirement from international football.

Photo: Official Instagram @jvertonghen
Photo: Official Instagram @jvertonghen

Belgiumís record appearance maker, Jan has called time on his international career after earning 157 caps for his country since his debut back in June, 2007.

A much-loved player during his eight years in north London, Jan joined us from Dutch side Ajax in the summer of 2012 and went on to make over 300 appearances for us in an incredible period of growth for the Club before departing in 2020.

Playing for in two major cup finals, including the 2019 Champions League Final, the defender was a core part of that team and became a fan favourite during his time in north London.

He was also part of a golden generation for the Belgium national team, helping them to qualify for three consecutive World Cup finals (2014, 2018 and 2022) after the Red Devils had missed the 2002 and 2006 editions. They finished third at Russia 2018.

He also helped them qualify for three consecutive European Championship finals from 2016 to 2024, most recently starting in their Euro 2024 quarter-final defeat to France.

Congratulations Jan on a fantastic career!

Janís remarks on his decision to call time on his international career

On his official instagram, Jan said: ďFirst one, last one. Thx for all the memories, I lived my dream! 🇧🇪Ē

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