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'Belgian football is growing' - Toby

Posted on 12 October 2015  - 14:17

Toby Alderweireld says he’s happy to be part of the Belgian boom, both at international level and domestically.

Toby Alderweireld on duty for BelgiumToby and Jan Vertonghen head over to celebrate with Belgium's fans in Andorra on SaturdayToby, Jan and Nacer Chadli among the Belgian celebrations on Saturday

The Red Devils made sure of their place at Euro 2016 by beating Andorra 4-1 on Saturday night, qualifying for the European Championship finals on merit for the first time since 1984, having participated in 2000 as one of the host nations.

Toby played his part in that victory at the weekend, putting in a full shift along with Jan Vertonghen at the back, while Nacer Chadli was introduced as a second-half substitute – Mousa Dembele having missed out due to his recent injury.

Analysing the recent exploits of the Red Devils, who also reached the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, versatile defender Toby reckons the presence of a handful of his compatriots at White Hart Lane – and many more throughout the Premier League – has contributed to the rise in his nation’s stock.

“Belgian football is growing, we have a lot of good talent and we work very hard to become a good national team,” he said.

“It’s very good for Belgium that there are a lot of players playing in the Premier League, not only in the division but also at the biggest clubs in the league.

“That’s always positive and it’s always developing the quality of the players.

“It’s nice to have friends at Tottenham and Belgium as well – we’re friends on the pitch and off it.

“Maybe we can look at celebrating after these games (Saturday’s win against Andorra and Tuesday night’s home match against Israel) and then we’ve got Liverpool when we get back so we’ll focus on that.”