Kuyt handed 100th Netherlands cap

The Fenerbahce forward has become his country's seventh international centurion at the age of 33, a decade after making his first appearance for Oranje
Dirk Kuyt has made his 100th appearance for Netherlands in Oranje's World Cup last 16 clash with Mexico at the Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza.

At the age of 33, Kuyt has become his country's seventh international centurion after taking his place as a wing-back in Louis van Gaal's team.

Consequently, Kuyt moves to within one game of equalling the tally of Phillip Cocu, who sits sixth in Netherland's list of most-capped players, and is closing in on the likes of Rafael van der Vaart and Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

Former goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar sits atop the Dutch appearance charts with 130 caps.

Kuyt made his Netherlands debut back in 2004 whilst with Feyenoord, in Marco van Basten's first game in charge of Oranje, against Liechtenstein. Since then, he has become a key man for the Dutch national side.

He was called up to compete at both the European Championships in 2008 and 2012, and was present for both the 2006 and the 2010 World Cups. At the latter event, in South Africa, he was part of the squad that made it all the way to the final before being defeated by Spain.

While Kuyt has not always been a regular first-team player for Oranje, he has earned the faith of a number of different national team coaches for his battling, committed displays, as well as his versatility.

Kuyt's record of 24 goals in his 99 games to date is testament, however, to the fact that his contributions have largely been to do with working for the team and supporting others, rather than getting on the end of chances.

His most prolific year with the national side was 2011, when he scored seven times in 11 appearances.