De Bruyne celebrating Belgium's 2–1 win over Brazil, on 6 July 2018.

De Bruyne celebrating Belgium’s 2–1 win over Brazil, on 6 July 2018. By Эдгар Брещанов –, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Roberto Martinez, Belgium manager has praised Kevin De Bruyne as “the best playmaker in the world” after he scored one goal and facilitated three more in their 4-0 win over Scotland, in Euro 2020 qualifying match on Monday.

Belgium was without injured captain Eden Hazard but his absence went unnoticed as the world’s top-ranked team turned in a slick, overwhelming performance, going 3-0 up by halftime.

With six wins from six games in Group I, the Belgians need just two points from their remaining four matches to be sure of a place at next year’s finals.

“For me, he is the best playmaker in the world,” said Martinez. “Playmakers dictate the tempo, give perfect passes and they take responsibility. He did all of that against Scotland.”

Martinez also said he was glad to see other players step up and lead the way with Hazard out injured.

“I was really pleased with the performances of our experienced players particularly because Eden Hazard was not here.

“They had to take over the leadership and show by example, and I thought Jan Vertonghen did that perfectly, he’s a really strong leader.”

Despite the praise being heaped upon De Bruyne’s shoulders, the Manchester City man played down his performance.

“I didn’t play a world-class match, I just did my job,” he told reporters.