Our reliable centre-half ventured forward and got his head on Kevin De Bruyne’s free-kick to give his nation a 10th-minute lead in their last 16 clash with Hungary on Sunday night, paving the way for an emphatic 4-0 victory.
Toby promptly celebrated his goal with fellow Spurs man Jan Vertonghen (pictured below) while Mousa watched it all unfold from the substitutes’ bench with a sense of familiar pride, having seen the defender score four times in the Premier League for us – including three headers – last season.
“Toby proves what he can do in the league,” said the midfielder. “He is very strong in the air and he has good timing so he’s always a danger and that’s nice for us.
“We all know that he’s very good in the air and it was a big relief for us when he scored because after the goal I think we played very well and it made everything easier. It was a very important goal.”
Mousa hasn’t played since picking up a knock against the Republic of Ireland in Belgium’s second game of the tournament, while Toby and Jan have been ever-present at centre-half and left-back respectively during the Red Devils’ four matches so far.
With all roads now leading to Lille for Friday night’s quarter-final showdown with Wales, Mousa emphasised how the spirit among our trio – and the wider Belgian squad – is top-notch.
“It’s been a very nice experience here so far,” he added. “At the moment we are happy and we are still in the competition so that’s a big positive. There is a good connection in the group. It’s a while that we’re together but the vibe is still good and that’s a plus, a very positive thing.”
Look out for more from Mousa in the build-up to the Wales game later in the week.