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Southgate Praise for Cork and Clarets

England boss spoke to Sean Dyche before Cork call-up

9 November 2017

England boss Gareth Southgate praised the form of Jack Cork and his Clarets’ team-mates after calling the Burnley man into his squad.

Cork has been included in a senior England squad for the first time for Wembley friendlies against world champions Germany on Friday, 10 November and Brazil on Tuesday, 14 November.

The midfielder, 28, earned his selection following an outstanding start to the season in which he has helped Sean Dyche’s men to seventh place in the Premier League.

“He is playing very well in a team that are playing well,” said Southgate.

“He has played at every level for England previously.

“We were needing something a little bit different for these games, so I had a good chat with Sean Dyche as well about Jack and he's delighted with what he's doing.

“He's a great character who has worked with a lot of the squad in the past; a really great moment for him.”

Cork is one of four central midfielders in Southgate’s squad following a number of withdrawals and will become the 27th Burnley player to play for England if he is capped in either game.

Meanwhile, the Republic of Ireland are confident Stephen Ward and Jeff Hendrick will be fit for the first leg of their World Cup play-off against Denmark.

The Burnley pair sat out training earlier this week but trained on Thursday and were flying with the squad to Copenhagen ahead of the game on Saturday night.

And they were joined on the flight by Turf Moor team-mate Jonathan Walters.

Walters is still sidelined by a knee problem but the former Stoke City forward will be there in a supporting role for the country he captained during their qualifying campaign.

Clarets' winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson won his 63rd cap for Iceland but couldn't prevent his side losing 2-1 to the Czech Republic in a friendly in Qatar.

Iceland, who have already qualifed for the 2018 World Cup finals, play Qatar next Tuesday.

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