Blackburn Rovers’ Stoke-born striker Ben Brereton called up by CHILE for World Cup qualifiers against Argentina and Bolivia … despite representing England at the youth level
- Ben Brereton has pledged international allegiance to Chile after being drafted
- The forward was born in Stoke and has represented England at various levels of youth
- His mother was born in Chile which means he is eligible to declare for the nation
- The 22-year-old will join the national team after a season of seven goals
Blackburn forward Ben Brereton has pledged international allegiance to Chile after being called up for World Cup qualifiers against Argentina and Bolivia.
Stoke-born Brereton, who previously represented England at the youth level, qualifies for the South American nation as his mother was born there.
The 22-year-old’s first call up follows his best season in a Rovers shirt, after scoring seven goals and registering five assists in 40 Sky Bet Championship outings.
Blackburn-born Ben Brereton will soon become a senior international for Chile
Chile, led by Uruguayan Martin Lasarte, is currently sixth in the South American qualifier for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, eight points behind group leaders Brazil.
They will travel to Santiago del Estero in Argentina on Thursday 3 June before receiving Bolivia in Santiago five days later.
Former Nottingham Forest man Brereton, whose news was announced on his current club’s website, may also have a crush on the Copa America, which will take place in Argentina in June and July.
La Roja – winners of the Copa America in 2015 and 2016 – will play in that tournament against Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay and Paraguay.