Vertonghen becomes first Belgium player to reach 100 caps

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Having become Belgium's most-capped player last year, the Tottenham defender has now reached 100 appearances for his country

Jan Vertonghen has made history by becoming the first Belgium international to win 100 caps.

The Tottenham defender became his country's most-capped player last year and reached three figures when he started Saturday's friendly against Portugal.

Vertonghen took the record from Jan Ceulemans, an attacking midfielder who made 96 appearances for Belgium between 1977 and 1991.

The 31-year-old centre-back will have a chance to add to his tally at the World Cup, with Belgium drawn alongside Panama, Tunisia and England in Group G.

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Despite setting the record, the defender could not help his side to a warm-up win over a Portugal side playing without Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo. 

He did help Belgium keep a clean sheet in a dull 0-0 draw, but saw fellow defensive stalwart Vincent Kompany injured in the match. 

The Belgians will face Egypt and Costa Rica before opening their World Cup campaign against Panama on June 18. 

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