International duty can help Hull City's Corry Evans win back his place
STEVE Bruce has welcomed Corry Evans back from international duty hoping the midfielder can use his exploits with Northern Ireland as the springboard to win a place back in the Hull City side.
Evans was in outstanding form as Northern Ireland defied the odds to claim a 1-1 draw in their World Cup qualifier with Portugal on Tuesday night.
Despite over 100 places separating the two nations in the world rankings, Michael O'Neill's men enjoyed one of their greatest ever away performances to subdue their star-studded hosts and spoil the party for Cristiano Ronaldo in his 100th international game.
Evans has been in and out of the City team under Bruce this term, as he struggles to find a natural berth in a new-look side, but Bruce hopes the midweek heroics will give the 22-year-old a huge lift.
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"Corry can hardly walk, he's run a million miles," said Bruce.
"I'm delighted for him because he's had a tough start because of injury and then I had to leave him out after Leicester because I felt we were better balanced with big Seyi Olofinjana in the team.
"Certainly Corry's got a big part to play this season and I'm delighted he was able to get such a great experience under his belt."
While Evans has returned to East Yorkshire with a proud tale to tell team-mates, the same can't be said of keeper Ben Amos.
The on-loan rookie was an unused substitute as England under-21s beat Serbia 1-0 on Tuesday, a fixture that was marred by widespread fighting following racist chants levelled at the visitors' black players.
Bruce believes Amos has come through the "disgusting" scenes unscathed, but intended to sit down with the keeper today.
"I'll have a word with him and see how he is," said Bruce.
"He seems okay with it all and knowing Ben, the biggest disappointment was not playing.
"Only he'll know the ferocity of it. It's okay looking at pictures but it's another matter being there.
"Anyone in football should never want to see those scenes at any level, never mind in an under-21s tournament.
"I thought that had left the game a long, long time ago. Certainly in my mind, it has in this country.
"You get your odd remarks that make the headlines but compared to where we were 20 or 30 years ago, where chants from supporters were common, it's all but disappeared in our country. Long may that continue.
"The scenes in the under-21s was nothing short of disgraceful. There's no place for it."