And Vertonghen admits he turned to Tottenham team-mate Danny Rose right before the Dane’s strike to say it would be ‘unbelievable’ if the 22-year-old netted once more.
Eriksen duly did, however, and the Belgian says the midfielder’s success is deserved due to the amount of work he puts into his set-pieces on the training ground.
“Just beforehand, I said to Danny Rose ‘If he scores this again, it’s unbelievable’. And he did it again,” Vertonghen is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
“He deserves it. He practices those every day and you can see that it has paid off.”
Spurs were 3-0 winners at West Brom in the end, with Harry Kane adding two goals of his own to Eriksen’s opener.
The result caps a superb week for Tottenham – and the Danish midfielder in particular. Eriksen also netted twice in the Capital One Cup during Spurs’ semi-final second leg at Sheffield United and, though the north London side could only muster a draw at Bramall Lane, there was no doubt about the scoreline at West Brom.