Chelsea midfielder Cork keen to grab England U21 chance

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

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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