Tottenham defender Alderweireld admits mistake but calls out international teammates too

Belgium's Toby Alderweireld in action with Italy's Eder

Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld admits he could have done better in Belgium's opening Euro 2016 game.

Belgium's Toby Alderweireld in action with Italy's EderBelgium's Toby Alderweireld in action with Italy's Eder

Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld has been speaking to the press ahead of their crucial Euro 2016 game against the Republic of Ireland on Saturday.

The Red Devils lost their opening match of the tournament against Italy, and are under pressure to live up to their number two spot in the world rankings.

Alderweireld was caught out for Italy's opener as a ball looped over him to put Emmanuele Giaccherini through to score, and he admits he could have done better.

Italy's Emanuele Giaccherini scores their first goalItaly's Emanuele Giaccherini scores their first goal

Speaking to Belgian newspaper Nieuwsblad, Alderweireld insisted however that he was not the only one in the Belgium side who let themselves down.

He said: "For the goal: it was a miscommunication. I made a mistake, but there were also others who could have done better."

He added that he was drawn in following the run of Eder, and with hindsight he could have approached the situation differently.

Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld reactsTottenham's Toby Alderweireld reacts

Alderweireld was selected at centre-back alongside Thomas Vermaelen, with manager Marc Wilmots surprisingly breaking up his successful club partnership with Spurs teammate Jan Vertonghen, who played at full-back.

He went onto state he is determined that Belgium make up for their opening game defeat. He added: "I understand that there is so much negativity after loss. To that we were not accustomed. To us it hurt. We are not satisfied with what we showed.

"The will is there for people to provide fun moments and make them proud of Belgium. We are very serious about the European Championship."

Alderweireld was one of the best defenders in the Premier League last season, but it is unclear if he will have Vertonghen back alongside him for the game against Ireland, with Wilmots refusing to drop any hints about his team selection.

Belgium head coach Marc WilmotsBelgium head coach Marc Wilmots

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