Antwerp captain Toby Alderweireld has announced his retirement from international football. The 34-year-old released a video statement via social media thanking Belgian fans and reminiscing on his time with the Red Devils.
Part of Belgium’s golden generation, Alderweireld made an impressive 127 appearances for the Red Devils, scoring five goals. He was part of the side that made the World Cup semi-finals in 2018, the closest the generation got to winning a major tournament. Alderweireld joins Eden Hazard in announcing they will no longer play for the national team, allowing new man Domenico Tedesco to look to the next generation.
The central defender began his professional career with Ajax, before joining Atletico Madrid, Southampton and Tottenham. He spent a single season in Qatar with Al-Duhail SC before moving to play in Belgium for the first time. He joined Antwerp in the summer of 2022 and was made captain. He will have the chance to add to his personal trophy cabinet when Antwerp face Mechelen in the Belgian cup final next month.