The Spurs centre-back has enjoyed his fellow Belgian's return to form.
Toby Alderweireld celebrates with team mates after scoring the second goal for Tottenham
The Chelsea forward was on top form as Belgium blew away Hungary on Sunday and Alderweireld believes he’s as good as anyone on his day.
Belgium's Eden Hazard scores their third goal
“Eden is certainly up to the class of Gareth Bale,” said the Spurs man. “It was his best game for Belgium.
“His confidence is growing, he’s working hard to show what he can do and help the team and I think he was fantastic.
Wales' Gareth Bale
“When he plays like he did, he’s one of the best players in the world — he can compete with anyone. Hopefully he can keep this level up in this tournament.”
Hazard endured a torrid campaign for Chelsea last season, scoring just six times in 42 appearances as the Blues struggled for form, but he appears to have found his grove again on the international scene.
Belgium's Toby Alderweireld in action with Italy's Eder
The 25-year old was a constant threat as the Red Devils eventually overcame a dogged Hungary side and he capped off his fine display with a delightful solo effort. – setting up a quarter-final showdown with Gareth Bale’s Wales.
Alderweireld was another who made the scoresheet as Belgium ran out 4-0 winners, but he has fared a little worse than his team-mate so far this tournament.
The centre-back – who made last season’s Premier League Team of the Year – was at fault for Italy’s first goal during the group stages and has been guilty of making several uncharacteristic errors on the ball.
Despite that, he was back to his best against Hungary and Marc Wilmots will be hoping his form continues into Friday’s crunch clash with Wales.