Chelsea midfielder Jack Cork is ready for England U21's friendly against Norway.

Today's friendly represents a homecoming for Cork, who played 23 league games for Southampton during the first half of the 2008-09 season.

Cork, 21, has 12 caps at this level and spent the last 18 months at Burnley. But he claims it was his time with Saints which helped to ­kick-start his career.

Cork, who is the son of former Wimbledon and ­Sheffield United striker Alan, told the Daily Star Sunday: "I enjoyed ­playing at Southampton but it didn't work out because at the end of the season they went down.

"But it's a great club and they have had a good season this year with Nigel Adkins.

"I'm really pleased for them getting promotion back to the Championship.

"It's a massive stadium. The last game we played there, we had about 30,000.

"It'll be a good for us to have a lot of support behind us to give us a send-off before we go away to Denmark."

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