Jan Vertonghen admits his Euro 2016 fear of Southampton and Stoke stars

Shane Long

Shane Long and Jonathan Walters will be hoping to get the better of the Tottenham defender for the Republic of Ireland.

The Premier League season is over but that does not mean the football is about to stop. The European Championships in France are on the horizon and football fans from across the continent will be hoping their team can come out on top.

One of the favourites for the competition are Belgium.

They have a very gifted squad and will be tipped by many to win the tournament.

In order to do so they will need to get past the Republic of Ireland in the group stages and one Belgian player who wishes they had avoided Ireland is Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen.

He has been quoted by the Irish Independent this week as declaring his fears of facing the Irish, especially two of their Premier League attackers – Southampton’s Shane Long and Stoke City’s Jonathan Walters.

He said this of the pair:

"I've had some very hard games against both of them, both very strong and good players.

"It's another tough side. We have to be on top of our game every single time. So many of them play in the Premier League and I see them as a very strong team."

"I wish they were not in our group!"

The Southampton and Stoke pair would certainly fall into the category of unfashionable but effective.

The fast and strong Long is a danger to any defence and Vertonghen is right to be wary of the Southampton star – who has been in great form recently.

Stoke attacker Walters is even more bullish and whilst not a gifted footballer his work rate usually means he has a goal in him.

Add this to the likes of Robbie Keane, Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy and it is no wonder Vertonghen and Belgium are wary.

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