Timothy Fosu-Mensah made his senior debut for Netherlands on Thursday evening against France and in a 4-0 defeat the youngster was one of the players in the side that was to receive plaudits.
The result means Netherlands are now facing a challenge to be competing in next summer’s World Cup as they are currently six points off the top of the group in fourth place.
Two goals from Thomas Lemar, Antoine Griezmann and an added time effort from Kylian Mbappe sealed a comfortable victory as the visitors played the last 30 minutes with 10 men after a sending off.
Fosu-Mensah played the full 90 minutes and made more tackles than any other player in the match and afterwards he was delighted to have got the chance of a call up to the qualifier, even in defeat.
"It's a special day, but unfortunately not with the desired result, I think the French were just a cut above us.
"I am very grateful to the coach for the confidence he has shown in me. I heard on the matchday that I would play. I was very happy and will always be grateful to Dick Advocaat for this opportunity."