What more could anyone ask from a defender? Rarely injured, often decisive and always committed, Jan Vertonghen has been a pillar for the Belgium team. He has seen it all too, from the wilderness years before 2010 to the Red Devils' rise as a force to be reckoned with. That longevity helped the Sint-Niklaas native break new ground when he became Belgium's most capped player against Cyprus, surpassing Jan Ceulemans' previous record of 96.
He is far from finished either. Vertonghen will continue to provide solidity at the back and an excellent understanding with his team-mates for as long as he is capable – starting at Russia 2018. Do not be surprised if he also weighs in at the other end, having scored Belgium's winner in a 1-0 defeat of Korea Republic at Brazil 2014.