Ben Brereton has received plenty of social media attention in recent days, much of it from Santiago, but it’s the support of Rovers fans that has meant the most to the attacker.

Brereton was the star of the show in the midweek win at Preston North End, his goal and assist helping Rovers to a first win over their neighbours in five years.

His post-match Instagram message was flooded with messages accompanied by Chilean flags, as bizarrely two years on from an interview with the Rovers club website, it had been picked up that Brereton was eligible to play for the Chilean national team.

That is owing to his mother being born in the south American country, but the possibility of representing them at senior level is something he hasn’t considered, nor had to, with no approach or contact made.

The whole situation has left the 21-year-old, who has represented England up to Under-20 level, a little perplexed, and slightly embarrassed. But move the conversation to his current form and run in the team, and there’s no doubting his renewed confidence.

“I’ve not had the best couple of years but that happens in football, you have your bad times, you have your good times, and at the minute I’m having a really good time and enjoying my football,” he told the Lancashire Telegraph.

“The squad is pushing each other on and it’s a really good place to be in.

“The fans have been great, driving us on from home, and we can’t wait to have them back. It was disappointing we couldn’t have them there against Preston filling out the away end.

“I’m really happy that I’ve started every game at the minute. I’m really happy that I’ve been able to play my part for the team and I’m enjoying it. I’m playing with a smile on my face and it’s all good.”

Brereton was understandably non-committal on the possibility of playing for Chile, saying it would be a decision he would discuss with his family should the opportunity arise.

For now he’s focusing on his club football and building on Tuesday’s win over Preston.

There Brereton scored his third of the season, and picked up his fifth assist, and the backing of his manager is giving him the confidence to go out and perform.

“He’s always believed in me from the day I came in. He told me that I’d have to work for my shirt and that I wouldn’t walk into the team and everyone has to train well and play well to get in the team,” he added.

“It gives a player confidence to go and do a job.

“I’ve started every game this season so far and you can see his trust in me and I just want to keep that going.”

Rovers will aim to sign off November unbeaten with the visit of Barnsley tomorrow and look to climb up the Championship standings. They sit 12th, as despite some swashbuckling displays, particularly on the road, things have been a little tougher at Ewood, failing to score in half of their six home fixtures.

Rovers will need to improvement on that in a bid to achieve their top six aim this season, but Brereton says the expectancy and belief is growing within the squad.

He added: “From the first day we came in for pre-season the confidence in the team and the drive, we all want the same goal and I think that’s what is driving us on.

“Everyone is on the same page and the gaffer is really driving that and the players are buying into it.

“The competition for the starting line-up is even better and that’s what is pushing everyone forward.

“You can see by the football we’re playing and the confidence we have, so we just need to take that into the next couple of home games.

“Our position is good, but we can do better, and picking up four points from our last two away games means we can go into these next couple of hp,e games and really drive forward to get maximum points.”