Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld speaks out on how Paris attacks left him feeling, and Euro 2016

Toby Alderweireld

Belgium and Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld believes Euro 2016 will still be a success.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld has been speaking out about the terror attacks in Paris.

Alderweireld was playing for Belgium in their win against Italy as the events occurred, and admitted there was no celebration for the Red Devils after their victory.

He told newspaper Nieuwsblade: "If you hear something like that, you forget about football. I have followed the events on television. It affects everyone, because it happens so close to us."

Concerns have been raised about heightened security at next summer's European Championships which are being held in France, but Alderweireld is confident the tournament will be a success.

He said: "The European Football Championship is in my opinion not in danger. The terrorists have not bent our sport. Such a tragedy can happen anywhere in the world."

His comments were backed by his international manager Marc Wilmots, who echoed his sentiments, stating: "We should not get into panic. You must continue to fight and ensure that something like this does not happen again."

Former England international Rio Ferdinand had expressed different comments earlier in the weekend, who told The Sun: "Next summer France will host the European Championships but it will be a very different tournament.

"Like it or not, fear will grip some to the point that they simply won’t go. The intense security that will undoubtedly be needed will take away the freedom and joy that these events bring."

129 people died in the atrocities, which could have been a far higher number had a suicide bomber not been prevented getting into the Stade de France, where France were playing a friendly against Germany.

France's friendly against England at Wembley is going ahead on Tuesday, despite initial suggestions it could be called off.

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