Stoke-born forward is Chile hero with Copa America winner



Stoke-born forward Ben Brereton was Chile’s hero in the Copa America as he scored the winner in their group game against Bolivia last night.

The 22 year old, whose mother is Chilean, made his debut for the country four days earlier when he came off the bench as a second-half substitute in the 1-1 draw against Argentina.

But he really announced himself to his new fanbase with the only goal of the game to take Chile to the top of their group in Brazil.

He struck after ten minutes – Eduardo Vargas playing the ball into his path and Brereton doing the rest as he buried the ball into the bottom corner from 15 yards.

Brereton grew up in Meir Park but is eligible for selection for Chile through his mum Andrea who moved to England from Chile as a girl and works at Churchill China.

He was in the Meir Heath Primary School team that won the Football League Community Cup North six-a-side competition back in 2010, earning a trip to the national finals at the world’s most famous stadium under the name of Port Vale.

He joined Stoke City’s academy but was signed by Nottingham Forest as a 16 year old and went on to make 57 first-team appearances for the club before he was bought by Championship rivals Blackburn Rovers in 2019 for a deal believed to be worth around £7m.

He’s netted seven goals for Blackburn this season – and can now add an international goal to his CV.





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