Jan Vertonghen

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 Mauricio Pochettino at a Tottenham training session  in north London before  the Champions League  match against Barcelona. Photograph:  Getty Images

Mauricio Pochettino was, by his own admission, living inside the typical footballer’s bubble. Ernesto Valverde was the man who popped it, and, boy, di(...)

Harry Kane rounds Samir Handanovic before spurning his best chance of the match in Tottenham’s 2-1 loss to Inter Milan. Photograph: Dan Istitene/Getty

Well, that escalated quickly. A goal up on 85 minutes: 2-1 down at the final whistle. Defeat for Tottenham to Internazionale in the Champions League m(...)

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp applauds the fans after the Premier League win over Tottenham  at Wembley Stadium. Photograph:  Adam Davy/PA Wire

Jürgen Klopp described Liverpool’s performance in the 2-1 win at Tottenham as their best so far in a perfect start to the season. Georginio Wijnaldum(...)

Michel Vorm fails to keep out Georginio Wijnaldum’s opener at Wembley. Photograph:  Clive Rose/Getty

Tottenham Hotspur 1 Liverpool 2 Tottenham endured further disappointment on the day they were due to start life at a redeveloped White Hart Lane by s(...)

 Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen celebrates scoring his team’s first goal. Photograph: Scott Heppell/Reuters

Newcastle 1 Tottenham 2 Dele Alli overcame any post-World Cup rustiness to head Tottenham to an opening-day Premier League victory at Newcastle. The(...)

The Belgium squad after their third-place play-off win over England. Photograph: Georgi Licovski/EPA

Belgium 2 England 0 England’s remarkable World Cup adventure reached a meek conclusion as Belgium beat Gareth Southgate’s men in the third-place play(...)

Didier Deschamps lifts the  Jules Rimet trophy at the Stade de France in 1998. The former France  captain could become just the third man to win the World Cup as a player and manager.  Photograph: Daniel Garcia/AFP/Getty Images

Almost 20 years to the day since France beat Brazil 3-0 in Paris to win their first and only World Cup, the man who captained a team that united a nat(...)

Belgium’s Nacer Chadli scores their winning  goal  in injury-time at the end of the  World Cup Round of 16 against  Japan at the  Rostov Arena. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters

Belgium 3 Japan 2 It will go down as a World Cup classic, a wild and chaotic game that will be talked about in years to come, in particular that dra(...)

The Panama players train at the Olympic Park Arena in Sochi on Sunday. Photograph: EPA

Belgium v Panama (Sochi, Monday 4pm) Excitement levels may have reached Ireland Euro 88 levels in Panama last October after the central Americans cli(...)

Vincent Kompany challenges with Pepe during Belgium’s goalless draw with Portugal. Photograph: John Thys/AFPes

Vincent Kompany faces a race to prove his World Cup fitness after sustaining a groin complaint that led Belgium manager Roberto Martinez to select an (...)

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