Brunt hoping for call-up
West Brom's Chris Brunt is hoping his reaction to being dropped will earn him a call-up to the Northern Ireland squad against Poland.
By Carla Hilton
Last Updated: 26/03/09 9:38pm
West Brom's Chris Brunt is hoping his performance as a sub against San Marino will earn him a call-up to the Northern Ireland squad against Poland.
Brunt reacted to his surprise dropping from the squad by coming on as a substitute and scoring his first goal for the Province in a 3-0 win last month.
With Northern Ireland's World Cup qualifying campaign now back on track, the 24-year-old is keen to prove himself once again when Poland arrive at Windsor Park.
Victory would see Nigel Worthington's side move top of Group 3, at least for a short spell.
Admitting his regret at being dropped last time, Brunt said: "It was disappointing not to be in the team against San Marino, especially as I have been playing most weeks in the Premier League.
"But it is not the first time it has happened and I am experienced enough to deal with a situation like this.
"Every player knows they are going to be left out at some stage in their career.
"It is how you respond that matters.
"You have to move on. I am a pretty laid back person generally so I put my disappointment out of my head pretty quickly.
"I was pleased to score and happy with my performance. Hopefully I can get a start in the next couple of games."
Brunt is hoping Northern Ireland can build on their strong home form at a crucial stage in qualifying, with Worthington's side having played a game more than their major rivals.
"We have shown good form at home and it is important we do not let that slide," he added.
"A lot of teams grind out results and it is important we learn to do that as well.
"Poland are highly ranked in the world and are a big, strong side. It will be tough but we have a group of players who are capable of winning the game.
"It is important we do a job."