Retro: International calls for Owls trio

Deon Burton went on to play 56 times for Jamaica. All told he has 686 club appearances.
Deon Burton went on to play 56 times for Jamaica. All told he has 686 club appearances.
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Sheffield Wednesday could boast three current full internationals on their books for the first time since their Premiership days in June 2006.

At the end of the 2005-06 campaign the Owls had only Chris Brunt among their ranks who was a regular international, having played for Northern Ireland against Estonia in March.

But with the signing of Algerian international Madjid Bougherra in May and Deon Burton’s recall to the Jamaica set-up Wednesday had trebled their internation al representatives.

Although Wednesday had borrowed internationals to bolster their squad in recent times, including James Quinn and Kenwynne Jones, this was the first time in six years that three of their own players had been operating at international level.

The last time Wednesday had three or more was in 1999-2000 when Niclas Alexandersson, Pavel Srnicek, Gilles de Bilde, Ian Nolan and Danny Sonner were all representing their countries.

Deon Burton’s recall into the international fold may have been only due to a fall-out between Jamaica manager Wendell Downswell and Watford forward Marlon King but it still represents something of a redemption for Burton.

The one-time poster boy of Jamaican football helped guide his country to the 1998 World Cup finals with four goals in five qualifying games but has found himself out of favour in recent times.

This recall seems to suggest that good form for the Owls may mean his international career is far from over.

Bougherra found himself in the opposite situation to Burton as part of the new generation of Algerian football.

He had 10 caps to his name and started his country’s last two World Cup qualifiers.

Following the failure to qualify for the 2006 World Cup, Algeria’s squad was in the middle of the shake-up with Bougherra very much part of the plans.

Brunt was another player in the early stages of his international career.

He had seven caps for Northern Ireland and more good performances for Wednesday in the forthcoming season could see him further his international career.


* Chris Brunt is out of the current Euro 2016 tournament because of a cruciate ligament injury, but the West Brom stalwart is in Germany with the Northern Ireland party. He has 54 caps and one goal for Northern Ireland.

* Madjid Bougherra is now playing for Al-Fujairah in the UAE Arabian Gulf League. He has 70 caps for Algeria.

* Deon Burton has 56 caps for Jaimaica, the last in 2009, scoring 12 goals. He is now with National League North club Worcester City. He has made an impressive 686 club appearances, scoring 150 goals.