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Jack Cork called up to England squad as injury crisis deepens

Jack Cork has been called up to the England squad ahead of Friday's Friendly with Germany. Photo: PA

England's injury crisis has led to manager Gareth Southgate turning to Burnley midfielder Jack Cork.

The 28-year-old has been drafted into a depleted squad by Southgate for the upcoming friendlies against Germany and Brazil.

The England manager has called up the former Swansea and Southampton man after Raheem Sterling, Fabian Delph and Jordan Henderson became the latest withdrawals from the group.

"I'm really, really happy. I haven't really got the words for it. I'm looking forward to going to meet up," Cork, who won 13 England Under-21 caps, said on Burnley's website.

Southgate had already seen the likes of Tottenham trio Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Harry Winks forced out of the initial 25-man squad, so brought in Michael Keane and Jake Livermore as cover.

England, though, received three further setbacks on Tuesday.

The spate of withdrawals have hit Southgate's preparations for the two high-profile friendlies, against world champions Germany on Friday and Brazil the following Tuesday.

Henderson Serling and Delph were all forced to withdraw from the England squad with injury. Credit: PA

Henderson had been due to arrive at St George's Park later in the week after missing Liverpool's win against West Ham with a thigh problem.

City winger Sterling is out with a back complaint and Delph - looking for his first England cap since November 2015 - injured his calf towards the end of Sunday's win against Arsenal.

The only boost on the injury front ahead of the back-to-back Wembley friendlies has come in the shape of Chelsea defender Gary Cahill.

The 31-year-old was assessed by his club's medical team after Sunday's 1-0 defeat of Manchester United and was able to take his place for training on Tuesday afternoon.

All the enforced changes are hardly the ideal scenario to be facing two of the world's best sides - especially as England already approached this international break without several key players.

Adam Lallana - England's reigning player of the year - continues to be sidelined, and is joined by the likes of Danny Welbeck, Nathaniel Chalobah, Tom Heaton and Ross Barkley.

With so many names ruled out, take a loo at our England injured XI made up of the Three Lions sidelined stars.