Ben Brereton could miss the opportunity to play in an international tournament with Chile after the Copa America was put in doubt by Argentina’s withdrawal as host.
The Blackburn Rovers forward has earned his first international call-up ahead of a World Cup qualifier with Argentina on Friday and hopes to secure a place in the squad for this summer’s tournament, which is set to start on June 13.
The Copa America was initially supposed to be co-hosted by Argentina and Colombia, but the latter was canceled last month after protests in the country while the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) said Argentina had been deleted due to “current circumstances”. The country is seeing an increase in Covid cases.
A decision on what will happen next should be made today with other countries ready to step in to host.
Brereton, who previously represented England at youth level, qualifies for Chile through his mother and is set to make his La Roja debut in Friday’s qualifying game against Argentina (1 a.m.) .
The 22-year-old finished the season at Rovers as the club’s third top scorer alongside Liverpool lender Harvey Elliott, and behind only Sam Gallagher and Adam Armstrong in the club’s goalscoring table.
Brereton, speaking in an interview with Chile’s website, said he was eager to get started with the national team.
“I’m very proud and it’s a great honor to train for Chile. I’m really excited to see what the future holds,” said the Rovers man.
“Obviously there are some brilliant players who have played for Chile and I will be looking to learn from them. They are role models, they are good players, so you see what they do and try to do. what theyre doing.
“I like to run behind, run in canals, get into the box and score goals.”