In a fitting reward for his form during his maiden season at Selhurst, Yannick Bolasie has spoken of his joy at adding his name to the list of full internationals at Ian Holloway's disposal after winning his first cap for the Democratic Republic of Congo during the recent international break.
The flamboyant winger played 82 minutes in front of 80,000 fans in his side's World Cup 2014 qualifier with Libya last month and he was delighted to finally feature at that level, having rejected the chance the represent his country during the recent African Nations Cup to focus on the Eagles.
Speaking to Palace Player, the 23 year old said: "It was a very good experience for me. I got to see my grandmother for the very first time and it was a nice change of scenery which will only stand me in good stead.
"The game went well for us, we drew 0-0 but I felt we should have won. Playing in front of 80,000 people felt like there was a party in the stadium at times and I found it an emotional experience.
"I didn't play in the African Cup of Nations as I'd just started playing regularly again so all I wanted to do was to maintain my place in the team, but when the chance came again I had to consider going.
"It's very hot out there but when you play in that heat and then come back to the cold you feel much better because of the change in climate."
To hear more from Bolasie, including his thoughts on his time at the club so far and his verdict on some of his team-mates season's, CLICK HERE to watch the full interview.