Tottenham's Mousa Dembele shines as Belgium cruise to victory

Tottenham's Mousa Dembele and Chelsea's Pedro in action

The powerful midfielder fully showcased his talents earlier today.

Tottenham's Mousa Dembele and Chelsea's Pedro in actionTottenham's Mousa Dembele and Chelsea's Pedro in action

Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele starred for Belgium as they romped home against the Republic of Ireland with a 3-0 win this afternoon.

It was the 28-year-old’s first start for his national team since the 2014 World Cup and he didn’t disappoint, transferring the composure and strength he is known for at Spurs effortlessly onto the international stage.

Marc Wilmots faced criticism in some quarters for not starting Dembele against Italy last week and his impact on Belgium’s overall performance against Ireland more than justified that criticism.

  Key PassesPass CompletionTake-on SuccessTacklesBlocksMinutes Played
Mousa Dembélé 1 100% 100% 1 1 56

The Spurs man was unsurprisingly excellent in possession, recording a 100% pass accuracy and a 100% take-on success rate during his 56 minutes on the pitch.

His presence in the heart of Belgium’s midfield seemed to allow the likes of Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne to express themselves, and the Red Devils looked a lot better for it.

Tottenham's Mousa Dembele gesturesTottenham's Mousa Dembele gestures

Dembele was replaced by Radja Nainggolan after what seemed like an ankle twist and both Spurs and Belgian fans will be hoping the knock isn’t too serious.

Dembele will miss the first four Premier League games for Spurs next season, with his six-game ban from last term carrying over, so there will be ample time to rest up ahead of his next appearance for the Lilywhites should there be any Euro hangover.

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