New Scotland captain Andy Robertson believes Eden Hazard is among the best five players in the world as he prepares to lock horns with the Belgium playmaker on Friday night.
The World Cup semi-finalists will travel to Hampden Park for a friendly as preparation for their Nations League opener in Iceland on Tuesday, with the Scots hosting Albania in their first game in the tournament on Monday night.
Scots boss Alex McLeish has appointed the Liverpool left-back as his new skipper and Robertson has plenty of experience playing against the Chelsea forward, whom he rates highly.
The former Queen’s Park, Dundee United and Hull player said: “He is up there. He is probably in the top five at the minute.
“I played against him many a time and even if he is having a quiet game he can pop up at any point and turn a game and that is what we are up against.
“He is special. The way he turns and gets at players, he can commit two or three defenders at a time and that is a very special trait, there is not many that have it but he has it.
“He has been unbelievable for Chelsea and Belgium and he is somebody we will need to watch.
“The problem with Belgium is you can’t focus on Hazard as someone else pops up.
“That is one of the problems of playing a world-class team, you have to be aware of all their threats and we will be ready for them and do our best to stop them.”
Isco believes there’s no point dwelling on the past as he advises his Spanish international team-mates to put their failings at the 2018 World Cup behind them.
Spain were eliminated by host nation Russia in the round of 16 via a penalty shootout.
Watch the video below where the Real Madrid midfielder says he is determined to look forward.
England begin their post-World Cup fixtures with a Nations League match against Spain.
Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at La Roja ahead of Saturday’s game at Wembley.
Spain suffered a shock early exit from the World Cup after getting knocked out by hosts Russia in the last-16 this summer, following on from their 2014 group-stage disappointment. They played out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Portugal before beating Iran 1-0 and drawing 2-2 with Morocco unconvincingly.
Fernando Hierro, who has since been replaced by Luis Enrique, then saw his side defeated on penalties by a confident Russian side.
After sacking Julien Lopetegui two days before their first World Cup game and naming the director of football Hierro as his replacement, Spain now turn to Enrique in order to get the best out of their star-studded squad.
The former Barcelona boss has already had to quash rumours of a problem between him and captain Sergio Ramos while he has dropped Jordi Alba from the squad entirely.
New boss Enrique is expected to continue Spain’s tradition of playing possession football but he is likely to employ a more aggressive, faster style to La Roja’s play. Spain, like Barcelona did under Enrique, will play in tighter spaces and be more direct when on the counter.
Similarly to the Catalan outfit, Enrique’s side will also rely on individual moments of brilliance from the likes of Marcos Asensio, Isco and Suso.
Marcos Alonso joins three other Chelsea players in the squad and his call-up comes alongside the expectancy that Spain will play on the front foot. Alonso is capable of playing as a wing-back and he may be given this role even though Spain will adopt a back four.
The only other Premier League player in the squad is Manchester United’s David De Gea, while Suso and Raul Albiol are Serie A’s only representatives and Thiago is the sole Bundesliga man. The rest ply their trade in their home country.