Jan Vertonghen interviewed by David Hytner in the Observer early in March.
"...we are in a strong team and we are getting stronger..."
"...we get the respect... teams are not happy when they have to face us..."
"...we put ourselves under pressure because we deserve to be up there and have the qualities..."
"I can be quite fiery... I was worse when I was younger but even now... I sometimes want to scream, I can be very angry..."
The portrait by Andy Hall shows him wary-eyed, as if mistrusting the interviewer (the distillation of his comments reveal someone supremely confident, which is at variance with the doubting expression in the photograph). Ridiculous watch. The face unlined and showing a glowing sort of perfection, as if it had been airbrushed.