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  •  JAN'S DREAM BECOMES REALITY

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    Jan Vertonghen admitted it felt ‘unbelievable’ to help Belgium’s World Cup dream become reality this week.

    Jan, Nacer Chadli and Mousa Dembele all featured as Belgium reached their first major tournament finals since 2002.

    They did it in style as well. Needing a point from the key match against Croatia in Zagreb last Friday, Belgium secured a deserved 2-1 victory to book their place in Brazil, 2014.

    They finished with a draw against Wales back in Brussels on Tuesday and ended up nine points clear of Croatia with eight wins and two draws in their 10 matches.

    “It feels unbelievable, especially when you know how our country supports us,” said an elated Jan back at the Training Centre.

    “It’s the first time in 12 years we’ve qualified for a World Cup or European Championship and it’s a big thing, especially as we think we deserve it, we have a very good team.

    “Every time people write about us it’s about how we have great talent and great players and we’ve handled that pressure. We’ve made it to the World Cup.

    “That relieves any pressure because not making it with this squad would have been very painful.”

    Jan said the country will relish a first final in 12 years and that the dream will become more real with every day that passes.

    “We all spoke about what it would be like in Brazil but it’s nine months away,” added Jan. “Maybe when we’re closer and we know who we’ll play, where we’ll stay, where we’ll be, it will be more real, rather than a dream.

    “That’s when we can really talk about the World Cup!”