England boss Gareth Southgate says that Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater declined the chance to link up with the squad for the friendlies with Germany and Brazil. "If we don't try things in these games, when are we going to try things?"
"Southgate said: "(Cork is) playing very well in a team that are playing well. I don't take risks with players.
Tottenham duo Harry Kane and Harry Winks were forced to pull out of the squad, as were Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling and Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson, while a hamstring problem ruled out Spurs playmaker Dele Ali ahead of the squad announcements.
Gareth Southgate dismissed any talk of a club-versus-country row over players' fitness. "I knew Harry Kane was in trouble (against Palace) because he stayed down". Harry Kane doesn't stay down.
"I hear this talk of club v country - it's nonsense". "Both him and Harry Winks were scanned". Spurs might risk them for the game with Arsenal, but it's a different matter. "It is still a test phase, I do not always want to see the players who play a lot, but also prepare the others for such games". "If he does feel 100 percent he could get a break for a game because he plays constantly, every three days throughout the season".
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Whilst the fans who make their way to England's national stadium may lament the absences of so many well-known stars, the players who remain in contention are rubbing their hands in anticipation.
"I think Jonjo is a different type of player - plays deeper, receives very deep, plays nearly in a quarterback position for his club".
Since his magic moment at the Maracana, the 25-year-old has struggled with injury and a debilitating metabolic disorder which sidelined him for seven months this year.
Cork bolsters a midfield in which it is understood that uncapped Ruben Loftus-Cheek, now on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea, will start against Germany tomorrow.
Jack Butland is out the England squad after breaking a finger in training.