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Walsall's Brandon Comley on dream of playing international football alongside brother for Montserrat

To become an international footballer is a proud moment, to do it alongside your brother is even more special – just ask Walsall’s Brandon Comley.

Brandon Comley alongside his brother James

The Saddlers midfielder started alongside brother James on the international stage for the first time as Montserrat were beaten 2-1 by El Salvador on September 8, 2018.

The pair have gone on to play together 15 times for the Emerald Boys – a figure they could improve further in today’s Concacaf National League clash with the Dominican Republic

And Brandon says sharing the experience with his elder brother made the privilege of representing Montserrat all the greater.

Brandon remembers with a cheeky smile: “It feels like I was a baby then. It was an amazing feeling to put on that badge.

“It was something that you dream of as kids playing together in the cages down the park in Wembley, and 10 years down the line we’re doing it in real life in a big competition on the international stage.

“My mum and dad were so proud of us, and to see us at the pinnacle playing on the international stage.

“It was a very emotional moment and I was so happy to have been able to share it with my brother.”

The two brothers were completely absorbed by football from a young age. James, who is five years Brandon’s senior, was in Crystal Palace’s youth ranks, while Brandon played for fellow London rivals Queens Park Rangers.

A life in professional football has seen the pair spend a lot time apart, and James looks forward to the prospect of a family reunion whenever they join up for the Montserrat camp.

“A lot of the time we’ve both got games ourselves, so we never get to go down and see each other,” James admits.

“It was always tough to see each other play so unless he was playing under-23s on a Wednesday when I had a day off, then I might not get to watch him.