Jan Vertonghen's family was held at knifepoint by burglars while the Tottenham defender was away on Champions League duty.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed four men, wearing balaclavas and armed with knives, forced their way into Vertonghen’s London home on Tuesday while his wife and children were inside.

The incident occurred while Vertonghen and Tottenham were in Germany for the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie against RB Leipzig.

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: "Police were called to a residential address in NW3 at 7.49pm on 10 March to a report of a burglary.

"Officers attended. It was reported four men wearing balaclavas, armed with knives, had forced entry to the property and stolen a number of items before leaving.

"Nobody was injured. The suspects had left the scene before officers arrived. There have been no arrests and inquiries continue."

Tottenham have encouraged anyone with information to contact the police.

"We have been supporting Jan and his family through this terribly traumatic time," said a club spokesperson.