West Brom midfielder Chris Brunt is reconsidering his future as a Northern Ireland international after suffering some heartbreak of late, according to Express and Star.
The Baggies midfielder was unfortunate to miss his country’s European Championship campaign after suffering a serious injury in 2016.
He did play a key role in helping Northern Ireland reaching the play-offs but it ultimately ended in disappointment as they were eliminated by Switzerland.
Brunt has enjoyed an illustrious career for both his club and country, making over 330 appearances for the Midlands club and over 65 caps for Northern Ireland.
At the age of 33, it’s going to be difficult for him to reach another major championship with the next one not coming until 2020, at which point he will likely be nearing retirement.
The Northern Ireland man spoke about his thoughts in a recent interview.
Missing out on the Euros was gutting. But I knew I was going to miss it so it was a little bit easier to take in that sense. From the moment the injury happened, it was never happening. Missing out on the World Cup this year hit me a lot harder than I was expecting.
Playing international football was – for a long time – difficult for me personally but the last couple of years have been great, I’ve enjoyed every minute I’ve played for Northern Ireland.
He continued by discussing how he feels about his future with his country in footballing terms.
Michael’s (O’Neill) done a fantastic job. I’ll have to think about (my future) over the next few weeks before the international break. I’ll definitely speak to him about it. I’m not making any great decisions just yet.
But Brunt’s primary aim at the moment is keeping Albion in the Premier League. We’ve given ourselves a bit of a mountain to climb now but hopefully we can get a few bodies back this week.