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Dyche: “Cork deserved his international debut”

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Sean Dyche is convinced that his player, Jack Cork, fully deserved his national team call-up and a chance to play for the first time for England as he has been amazing for Burnley this season so far.

With a number of regular first-team players ruled out of the recent international break through injury, Cork received a surprise call-up from Gareth Southgate for friendlies against Germany and Brazil, according to Sky Sports. Cork made his first appearance as a substitute against the World champions, Germany, on Friday and it was a big experience for him, for sure.

The Burnley coach knows that it was a big moment for his player and he is happy with it as he claimed: “I’m really pleased. It’s something I didn’t know actually, I know quite a bit about his past, but I didn’t realise he had gone through every age group from the U16s. It is tremendous for him and very good for us as a club. It is another player recognised by their national side. We have, over the last few years, gained more international appearances on our side, for various sides.”

He is also sure that Cork can gain another chance with the national team: “For him, it is to enjoy what has come around and keep working hard. I don’t think he needs an excessive amount of information. He is wise enough at the age he is and experience level he is to understand the requirements of what it means to play in the Premier League regularly, what it is to play in a side that don’t always have it easy and still perform. That has been recognised by Gareth [Southgate] and long may it continue.”

Dyche also made a comment on his side’s upcoming opponent, Swansea: “We certainly don’t take teams like Swansea lightly just because they’re having a bit of a tricky time. They are a good side. We have to be right on top of our game and we’ve worked hard on trying to maintain that focus.”