Ben Mee is not surprised at all that the Burnley players are given a chance to prove themselves on the international level as Jack Cork was called up for the national team by England coach Gareth Southgate.
Cork’s late inclusion in the national squad for Wembley friendlies against Germany and Brazil takes to nine the number of Burnley players away with their countries during the current break in the domestic action – and Mee believes that this number just reflects the current success of Burnley in the Premier League. Had Tom Heaton and Jon Walters been fit, or Scott Arfield been in action with Canada, that figure could have reached a round dozen, according to burnleyfootballclub.com.
Ben Mee talked about the change in the Burnley’s reputation: “People are looking us. We are seventh in the league at the moment. We have had a fantastic start and we are playing really well.”
He also added that Burnley just want to make this number even higher in the near future: “We just want to carry on and if anyone gets that recognition it will be fully deserved. We want to do well for the club and whatever comes along with it, comes along with it.”
Mee added that he is proud of Cork and his accomplishment and he deserved this moment: “But massive congratulations to Corky. We’re delighted for him. He was buzzing when he found out, so we’re all really happy for him. Hopefully, he can get a game and do really well.”
Mee, whose own form alongside fellow Englishmen Matt Lowton and James Tarkowski in Burnley’s back four may also be coming under scrutiny from England boss Gareth Southgate, is sure that his team will continue with this progress and they can provide an even higher number of players for national teams.