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World Cup 2014 - Jan expecting tough test

Posted on 17 June 2014  - 10:30

Word around the Belgian national team camp is to be prepared for a strong Algeria challenge today, according to Jan Vertonghen.

Jan and Mousa in training with BelgiumJan at one of Belgium's pre-World Cup training sessions

Our 27-year-old defender joins Spurs team-mates Mousa Dembele and Nacer Chadli in the Belgium squad for their World Cup Group H bow against the African side at 5pm.

Of course, Jan knows all about his opposing nation’s teenage midfield workhorse Nabil Bentaleb – another of his White Hart Lane colleagues.

And our versatile rearguard man reckons some of his fellow countrymen are equally clued-up about the strength of the Algerian players ahead of kick-off in Belo Horizonte.

“We know Nabil, who could play for Algeria, and he’s always said they have a very good, strong team,” Jan said.

“I know one or two of their players and where there are Belgian national team players who know Algerian players, they always say that the Algerian team is strong.

“We have to be careful, but our coaches have analysed them and we’ll be prepared.”

Tottenham UTC is holding a special event in the marquee at White Hart Lane this afternoon (Tuesday), with Belgium v Algeria being screened live. Click here for more details...