Belgium coach Roberto Martinez hailed Eden Hazard’s leadership qualities, saying the star attacker dealt with pressure incredibly.
Hazard is already enjoying a stellar season for Chelsea and is close to helping Belgium reach the Nations League finals.
Martinez said the 27-year-old led by example as he praised Hazard’s impact on the national team.
“He’s been a very good leader,” he told a news conference.
“There are many different types of leaders but I think what Eden Hazard brings is someone you can get influenced by and who is an incredible source for younger players and who has been someone who can never, ever get affected by the pressure of the game or the pressure of the situation.
“And he enjoys his football and is always decisive for his play and a role model for all of us.”
Belgium meet Iceland and Switzerland in the Nations League this month as they look to finish top of Group 2.
Midfielder Axel Witsel, who is set to win his 100th Belgium cap, also lauded Hazard, saying: “Off the pitch, Eden hasn’t changed.
“He is still so cool and never gets annoyed. He is never stressed, even if it’s an important game during the World Cup.
“Since he started his career, he has done amazing stuff until now.”
Hazard and Belgium lead Nations League A Group 2, level on points with Switzerland, though the Belgians have played one fewer match.
They face Iceland on Thursday with a chance to take control of the group but will face Switzerland on Sunday in the group finale.
Hazard scored in a 3-0 win over Iceland back in September, with Romelu Lukaku having scored four times in Belgium’s two matches so far.
The Chelsea man has also been in fine form in league play, racking up seven goals as the Blues remain unbeaten through 12 matches and sit third in the league behind Manchester City and Liverpool.
And while the Belgian star has been the subject of constant transfer chatter, he made clear on Wednesday that he would think about his future after finishing out this season with the London club.