'Euros can help our players mature' - Toby
02 June 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Toby Alderweireld believes we’ll benefit as a club from having so many players on duty at Euro 2016.
The final 23-man squads for this month’s showpiece competition in France were handed over to UEFA on Tuesday, confirming that 11 of our lads will be involved for their respective nations.
They are England’s Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Harry Kane, Danny Rose and Kyle Walker, Ben Davies of Wales, France’s Hugo Lloris, Austria’s Kevin Wimmer and Toby, along with Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen, of Belgium.
Only Liverpool and Italian giants Juventus have more players at the tournament – 12 each – and Toby, who also represented Belgium at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals, reckons the chance for the lads to play on such a high-profile European stage can only boost our team going forward.
“Of course, it’s good for the club that we have a lot of internationals going and the experience the players are getting from going to this kind of tournament is massive as well,” he said.
“You take it all back to your club afterwards and you get better, you become more mature and get extra experience from it.”
Of course, Toby is heading to Euro 2016 off the back of a tremendous first season in a Spurs shirt, in which he remained ever-present in all our Premier League and Europa League matches, aside from a couple of minutes in stoppage time at the end of May’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea.
Reflecting on the amount of game time he picked up in 2015-16, the 27-year-old said: “Of course you hope for those kinds of things, to play every game, but from day one I tried to work very hard to show what I’m about and tried to help the team.
“The lads helped me a lot to settle in as well. At first I had the Belgian guys who obviously I knew and that was beneficial and the rest were very nice to me too, so it all helped.
“As a team we had a lot of good games during the year, we developed quite well and with the fantastic team and fantastic fans that we have I think we achieved something special.
“In all I was very happy with my first season for Spurs. I can always play better but I think for the first season it was quite good.”