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Dutch U21 manager Van de Looi praises Hoever

Wolves defender Ki-Jana Hoever scored his first goal for the Netherlands’ Under-21 side on Monday.

He scored the Dutch’s second goal against Gibraltar in Euro 2023 qualifying as they ran out 7-0 winners.

As well as that goal, Hoever also laid on two assists for striker Joshua Zirkzee.

One was a cut-back from the right, while the other was a cross as the Dutch dominated throughout.

After the game, the Jong Oranje’s manager Erwin van de Looi praised Hoever.

As per Dutch outlet Voetbal International, he said: “The right side was great. Ki-Jana was always in the right place offensively. 

“His quality is that he keeps looking for a cross. He managed to reach Joshua through precise crosses. 

“We do have great options on that right side of defence with Ki-Jana and Jeremie Frimpong.”

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The standard of the opposition has to be taken into account but Hoever could not have done much more in the game.

He got a rare opportunity to impress Bruno Lage and took his chance. That first goal will have been a special moment.

It is to be hoped that helps him return to club action with increased confidence.