Romelu Lukaku claims Tottenham ace Jan Vertonghen is his toughest Premier League opponent

Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku has hailed his international team-mate Jan Vertonghen.

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has told Belgian football magazine Le Vif that Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen is the toughest opponent he has faced.

Lukaku, who hit two goals in Everton's 3-2 win over West Brom on Monday, has established himself as one of the top Premier League strikers since joining the Toffees from Chelsea.

Now beginning to realise his potential at 22, Lukaku will be hoping to kick on with club and country over the coming years, with Belgium looking to book their place at Euro 2016.

Marc Wilmots side reached the quarter finals of the World Cup last year, but are in a close fight with Wales to claim top spot in Group B of the Euro 2016 qualifiers.

Lukaku will be a key figure for Belgium in their pursuit of a place at France next summer, and he has now admitted that one of his international team-mates is the toughest defender he has faced in the Premier League.

Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen, who plays at centre back for Spurs but left back for Belgium, has been singled out by Lukaku as the hardest opponent he has faced in an interview with Belgian football magazine Le Vif.

"Jan Vertonghen," said Lukaku. "He is fast, much more than people think. It appears less in the national team as he plays at full back," he added.

Vertonghen endured an up-and-down season last term, struggling to hit top form as he played alongside a host of different centre backs.

Now reunited with his former Ajax partner Toby Alderweireld - another Belgian international - Vertonghen is finding his form again, and is staking his claim to be considered as one of the top Premier League centre backs right now.

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