JAN VERTONGHEN feels very fortunate to be team-mates with both Romelu Lukaku AND Harry Kane.
And the Tottenham centre-half believes Europe’s two hottest hitmen will take their Premier League Golden Boot battle down to the wire.
Vertonghen captained Belgium in Tuesday night’s 4-0 win over Cyprus, when Lukaku came on to score his 16th goal in 13 games this season.
The defender is now back at Spurs to team up again with Kane, who netted two in the international break.
Tottenham striker Kane has 15 goals in his last ten games and Vertonghen admits he is lucky to normally only face the deadly duo in training.
Vertonghen, 30, said: “I don’t want to face either — at any time!
“I’ve got them both in my team, so that’s something.
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“But in two weeks I have to face Romelu, so I will need my fellow centre-backs.
“Romelu is in great form. His goal against Cyprus was typical — a ball in behind and he held off a couple of defenders and finished.
“Harry is special as well. I can’t find the words to describe them enough. It’s very difficult to split them.
“I think they will keep playing for the Golden Boot until the last game of the season like last year.”
Lukaku missed Belgium’s 4-3 win in Bosnia last weekend with an ankle injury.
But his return is a timely boost for his club boss Jose Mourinho ahead of United’s visit to Liverpool on Saturday.
Vertonghen said: “He was actually injured. His ankle wasn’t in good shape. But he used the first week of the international break to get fit.”
Vertonghen is now Belgium’s most-capped player on 97 appearances.
He added: “To break the record is something to cherish, and I will.
“I can’t imagine not playing for the national team so, as long as I can, I will.”
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Zinedine Zidane’s Los Blancos finished behind Tottenham in Group H, after dropping EIGHT points on the way.
Meanwhile, PSG edged Bayern Munich to top spot in Group B, both of whom earned 15 points out of a possible 18.
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And now the Arsene Wenger’s side will finally find out their last 32 opponents.
A wide range of opponents are available to the Gunners, from an intimidating trip to Dortmund to a match against minnows Ostersund or Ludogorets.
They will also be joined by Celtic, who finished a distant third behind PSG and Bayern Munich in arguably the Champions League’s toughest group.
When is the Europa League draw?
The Europa League draw will take place on Monday, December 11 at Uefa headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.
It will commence at 12pm UK time, or 1pm CET.
What TV channel is the Europa League draw on?
The Europa League draw will be live on BT Sport.
Who could Arsenal and Celtic face in the last 32?
This season’s Europa League is set to be a lot tougher than the tournament won by Manchester United last year.
Arsenal can face any of the second placed teams from the 12 Europa League groups (apart from Red Star Belgrade) or the worst four third placed teams in the Champions League group stage.
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