While Tom Huddlestone's first goal for Hull City means a trip to the barbers for the midfielder this week, manager Steve Bruce thinks his part in Saturday's 6-0 win over Fulham could help put him on the plane to the World Cup with England next year.

Former Manchester United stalwart Bruce struggled to recall a more complete midfield performance than that Huddlestone, who was celebrating his 27th birthday, produced in the Premier League rout at KC Stadium.

"The lads stood and applauded Tom when he walked into the dressing room and that doesn't happen often," Bruce told the Hull Daily Mail.

"I don't often pick out individuals but I don't think I've witnessed a performance as good as I've just seen from Tom

"He gave a masterclass of how to play in midfield. He had the lot: free-kicks, passing range, goals, a shot from 40 yards. He hit the post and the bar... he's just an outstanding footballer, absolutely outstanding.

"I've been fortunate to have played in some good teams but I can't really remember an individual performance as good as he produced today."