Robbie Williams has likened One Direction to the Spice Girls saying the group could take over the world like the girl band did in the 1990s.

The Take That singer told The Sun that the groups have similar chemistry.

"They're quite a power in the way the Spice Girls were. The Spice Girls took over the world and won and I think the One Direction boys have a similar chemistry."

Speaking about Harry Styles, Williams said "He's a magnet like I've never seen before. I don't think Harry needs any tips from me.

"He's beguiling, and so are One Direction. I wasn't him when I was 18. That didn't happen to me."