West Brom Veteran Announces International Retirement!!!
Chris Brunt bade an emotional farewell to the Northern Irish fans this afternoon in a statement announcing his retirement from the international scene.
Brunt, who cruelly was denied the chance to partake in the country’s Euro 2016 adventure after sustaining a serious anterior cruciate injury, said that whilst it was “always an honour to represent my country” that the years under the helm of Michael O’Neill had been “the most enjoyable of my international career”.
The 33 year-old cited West Brom’s pursuit to get back to the Premier League as being his “sole footballing focus”.
The Belfast man, who pulled on the green jersey sixty-five times, made in international bow against Switzerland in a goalless draw in 2004, as a late replacement for Stuart Elliot. He grabbed his first international goal against San Marino in 2009, with his third and final goal against Czech Republic last September, securing the side their ultimately fruitless play-off spot in the World Cup qualifiers.
Having played at the St Andrews Boys Club in Belfast as a youngster, Brunt signed professional terms with Middlesbrough in 2002, before moving onto Sheffield Wednesday, where he fostered a reputation as a winger with a wand of a left foot.
He moved to the Hawthorns in 2007, and has amassed almost 400 appearances from the Baggies in his 11 year stay.