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Jack Cork added with Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Fabian Delph out of England friendlies

Cork added after Henderson, Sterling, Delph out of England friendlies

07/11/2017 at 20:09Updated 08/11/2017 at 06:29

England’s injury list continues to grow as Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph became the latest players to withdraw from the squad on Tuesday.

The Burnley midfielder Jack Cork has been called up to the squad for the first time. Jake Livermore and Michael Keane have already been drafted in.

Gareth Southgate must now navigate high-profile friendlies against Germany and Brazil at Wembley without the trio, plus Tottenham’s Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks, who were early withdrawals.

The uncapped Cork, 28, has played every minute of Burnley's Premier League campaign this season having joined the club from Swansea City in the close season.

“I’m really, really happy. I haven’t really got the words for it. I’m looking forward to going to meet up,” Cork told Burnley's website.

Cork has been integral part of Burnley's superb start to the season, which has seen them climb to seventh in the table, level on points with Arsenal and Liverpool above them.

The England squad is alarmingly short of depth and experience as they fine-tune their World Cup preparations, with Chelsea centre-back Gary Cahill the only outfield player boasting more than 30 caps.

There is also a shortage of goals in their ranks, with Ashley Young’s tally of seven the highest in the squad without Kane.

Chelsea centre back Gary Cahill has reported for duty after being cleared to play by the Premier League side's medical team.

England face world champions Germany on Friday before playing Brazil the following Tuesday. All three teams have qualified for next year's World Cup in Russia.

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