Euro 2016's Top 50 Players: Number 46 Jan Vertonghen

Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen in action with West Brom's Salomon Rondon

Jan Vertonghen has proved his worth to Tottenham Hotspur this season, forging a fantastic partnership with Toby Alderweireld at the heart of their defence.

Jan Vertonghen will be an important member of the Belgium squad as they face tough games against Italy, Republic of Ireland and Sweden in Group E.

HITC writers have compiled a list of the top 50 players at Euro 2016, assessing players from the 24 countries taking part at this summer's tournament.

Coming in at number 46 is Belgium and Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen.

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Belgium's Jan Vertonghen listens to questions during a news conference

International record: 74 Caps, 6 Goals

2015/16: Jan Vertonghen has enjoyed a successful season with Tottenham, helping them achieve a top four finish and in turn qualify for Champions League football next season.

The 29-year-old former Ajax man made 29 Premier League appearances for Spurs over this past season, contributing to the joint best defensive record in the league. He also played his part in Belgium's successful qualifying campaign for Euro 2016, appearing in all ten of their group games. His season was interrupted in January, however, when a knee injury forced him to miss close to three months of the most crucial part of Tottenham's campaign. He is now fully recovered and back to full fitness though, and will be desperate to show his worth on the major stage that is the European Championship.

What can we expect:

Vertonghen has complimented his centre-back partner Toby Alderweireld perfectly, with his left foot providing the perfect balance in Tottenham's defence.

Although he didn't captain his side, his organisational skills and vocal presence demonstrated his leadership skills. He is not the most vocal of players, but tends to lead by example with his immaculate performances.

He has the ability to stay on his feet when defending and does not commit himself or lunge into challenges, something that is rare in the modern game. Although his side finished third in the Premier League, everyone at the club were left disappointed as their title challenge faltered.

Next season, however, Vertonghen and Spurs will be aiming for much more. The challenge of Champions League football will test Vertonghen's abilities to the utmost, and with his quality, it will be a test he will surely to pass with flying colours.

His wealth of experience for his country will prove pivotal when competing in this summer's tournament, especially with the absence of Belgium skipper Vincent Kompany. European Championship glory would be a fitting way to cap off what has been a tremendous season for Vertonghen.

Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko in action with Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen

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