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Jan relishing Wembley date

29 January 2015|Tottenham Hotspur

Jan Vertonghen can’t wait to step out at Wembley again – not least with the prospect of 30,000-plus Spurs fans roaring us on in a ‘special match’ against Chelsea in the Capital Cup Final on Sunday, March 1.

Jan, who captained the team in the semi-final second leg at Sheffield United on Wednesday, played for Belgium in a friendly against England at the national stadium in June, 2012.

“This will be a different feeling,” he said. “Back then, we had 3,000 supporters with us, now it will be 30,000 and we’re all looking forward to it. It’s a special match. If you want to play a cup final you want to play a team like Chelsea. It will be an unbelievable game.”

We were put through all the emotions again at Bramall Lane before booking a place in the final.

Leading 1-0 from the first leg, we doubled our advantage via Christian Eriksen’s wonderful free-kick and looked in complete control until two goals in as many minutes levelled the tie at 2-2.

“We had so much control of the game, created chances but then they scored two quick goals, so it was a tricky time for us,” reflected Jan. “But we knew we still had it in us to score a last-minute goal.”

That goal duly arrived in the 88th minute as Harry Kane threaded a pass through to Christian, who finished calmly to send us to Wembley.

Asked how he felt after the Blades second goal, Jan added: “I thought ‘Christian is still on the pitch, so he can score a last-minute winner’! I think that was everyone’s feeling!

“He did it again, brilliant. It was a great pass from Harry and an outstanding finish.

“Christian can score right or left foot and he’s a brilliant finisher, you want to see him in front of the goal and it was a very cool finish that late in the game.”