Southampton’s Wesley Hoedt helped the Netherlands keep their World Cup qualifying hopes alive with a 3-1 home win over Bulgaria.
Hoedt played the full game at centre-back, as the Dutch claimed a vital victory at the Amsterdam Arena on Sunday evening.
Two strikes from Brighton midfielder Davy Pröpper and another from Arjen Robben were enough to power the hosts to three points, as they jumped above their opponents, going into third place in Group A.
Leaders France are likely to be out of their reach, but Hoedt and his teammates will now have Sweden, who remain three points ahead of them, in their sights, as they look to seal a runners-up spot and potentially get into a play-off for the 2018 finals, in Russia.
The final two games for the Dutch will see them visit Belarus before hosting Sweden in a potentially pivotal battle, with both matches taking place next month.