Burnley midfielder Cork joins England for Germany, Brazil tests

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What a year it’s been for Jack Cork.

The midfielder has helped new club Burnley to the surprise start of the Premier League season, and now could earn his first England cap against high-profile opponents Brazil or Germany this week.

Cork, 28, represented England at every level from U-15 to U-21,  but hadn’t broken through during since leaving Chelsea for Southampton in 2011.

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The call-up comes as Gareth Southgate is dealing with the departures of injured sextet Raheem Sterling, Fabian Delph, Jordan Henderson, Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks.

Cork was humble in accepted the honor, from BurnleyFootballClub.com:

“Four or five of the lads in the squad probably could have got in at the same time as me, so I feel lucky that I’ve been given the chance and, hopefully, if we can keep this form up then maybe one or two others can get in as well.”

Cork becomes one of five uncapped players on the England roster, joining Tammy Abraham (Swansea City), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Jordan Pickford (Everton), and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Crystal Palace). Abraham and Loftus-Cheek are on loan from Chelsea.