Ben Brereton, From Blackburn Rovers and facing Lionel Messi of Chile


Blackburn Rovers forward Ben Brereton is facing Lionel Messi, the Copa America Chile for Chile. This is an unusual sporting event in this summer.

Brereton represented England at youth but is qualified for La Roja because his mother was born here. "The first thing I heard was that I could play as Chilean for Chile was when Blackburn was playing Preston away in November. However, there was more discussion and phone calls about it, " Brereton exclusively shared with ok Sports News. "My mum joked about it, but we never expected it to happen. "It was a clear decision for me. The last two months have been incredible. Brereton got his maiden call-up for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers versus Argentina and Bolivia. He did not make an appearance, but his performances were so good that he was invited to join the Copa America team. He made his Copa America debut on the bench against Argentina in which he scored a goal in a 1-1 draw. Brereton explained, "To make it against such great teams as Argentina, with Angel Di Maria (Lionel Messi) was such a great moment." "I have a lot more photos than I can handle on my phone. My family will be framing some of them, along with my shirts. "They'll be good memories to me as I go down my career. I will look back at Copa America, and be thankful for making my loved ones proud." In the next game, against Bolivia, Brereton was handed his first start and went on to score the winner in a 1-0 win before eventually going out at the quarter-final stage to Brazil. However, Brereton’s performances over the summer have brought attention to the country. He has also been featured in a Pepsi ad for Chile fans. Brereton explained, "They called me after Copa America. They asked if we wanted to do one in Chile to Break the Ice." "I have seen some amazing Pepsi commercials. It's an incredible thing to think of." Brereton has admitted that domestically he has struggled since moving from Nottingham Forest back in August 2018. However, his international adventures this summer have given him the motivation to succeed in the upcoming season. Brereton remarked: "When I first came here it wasn't easy, I had a couple more years where I wasn’t really being the best football player that I could be.

"Last seasons I did well, but Copa America pushed me to do better and has made me think deeper about the bigger picture.

"It's been quite an experience. Blackburn as well as I will hopefully be able to move on with our lives. "I learned many things, different styles in play, and I'm going (to Blackburn) to bring them back." Blackburn's Championship campaign includes more World Cup Qualifiers for Chile in September and October. While it may seem difficult, the challenge is something that Blackburn is looking forward to. "If called up, I've got Blackburn and Chile to discuss how I can work it. Because I don’t want any to be annoyed. "But if my name was called up I would love the opportunity to go back and play more soccer games and try to score goals."

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