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Corky Hungry For More

Jack Cork wants to add to England cap and plans to lift the Clarets' Irishmen

15 November 2017

Jack Cork hopes there’s still more to come in his England career.

And he would like to see some of his Turf Moor team-mates get the chance to wear the Three Lions by building on the Clarets’ superb start to the season.

Cork won his first senior cap as a late substitute as England drew 0-0 with world champions Germany at Wembley.

The Clarets’ midfielder was then an unused substitute during another stalemate against Brazil on Tuesday night.

But after following in the recent footsteps of Tom Heaton and Michael Keane to become Burnley’s 27th full England international, Cork hopes it’s not the end of the run for him or the recognition for the club.

“Heats has had it, Keano had it when he was here before and we have got a good English defence which is keeping a lot of clean sheets at the minute,” said the 28-year-old.

“We have done reasonably well when we have been away, so hopefully more Burnley players will be involved.

“It was everything I hoped. To get a late call-up and get a cap and a few minutes has been perfect.

“Everybody loves to be involved. I have just got to keep trying to play well, help Burnley get some good results and try and work my way back into the squad again in March.”

While Cork will return to training on Thursday up-lifted by his first taste of international football, the Clarets’ Republic of Ireland contingent will need to bounce back from their World Cup agony.

Stephen Ward, Jeff Hendrick and Robbie Brady all played in the 5-1 defeat to Denmark in Dublin which ended Ireland’s hopes of a place at Russia 2018.

Ireland missed out on a place at the World Cup finals for the first time since 2002

Kevin Long was on the bench and Jon Walters was also part of Martin O'Neill's back-up team as the Clarets’ forward recovers from injury.

And Cork admits the Burnley squad will need to rally round their team-mates to raise spirits ahead of Saturday’s visit of Swansea City to Turf Moor when the Premier League gets back up-and-running.

“It’s such a big thing,” added Cork, who joined Burnley from the Swans in the summer.

“They are going to be disappointed. Hopefully they can get over it in the next few days and be ready for us.

“It’s going to be hard, but we will try and help them and get them going again.”


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