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I will turn Euro nightmare into World Cup dream, vows Brunt

By Graham Luney

Chris Brunt says he's back and ready to make a major impact with Northern Ireland.

The West Brom ace missed the Euro 2016 finals after suffering an horrific knee injury but now he has the World Cup finals in Russia 2018 in his sights with a Group C showdown at home to Azerbaijan tomorrow night (7.45pm) of huge importance to Michael O'Neill's side.

Victory will lift Northern Ireland into second place in the group and Brunt says he's ready to chase new dreams after a nightmare summer.

"It would have been an easy way to quit international football but I don't think I could have made any decision based on that," said the 31-year-old (right). "Michael (O'Neill) didn't put me under any pressure to come back and at my age it's only natural people will ask questions but I knew I had to try to play. There's always motivation to do your best whether it's in the last year of my contract now at West Brom or getting Northern Ireland to a World Cup." Ross County striker Liam Boyce has been called into the squad for the Azerbaijan clash and the friendly at home to Croatia on Tuesday.

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