JACK Cork's family were holidaying 3,500 miles away when he made his England bow against Germany, after he advised them he was not expecting a debut appearance.

The Burnley midfielder was a late call-up to Gareth Southgate's squad after a host of regulars withdrew through injury and was handed his first cap in the closing minutes of Friday's encouraging 0-0 draw against the world champions.

He had been planning to spend the international break in Dubai and, although he was happy to cancel, wife Freya made the trip alongside children Arlo and Eden and Cork's mother.

The 28-year-old did have one notable cheerleader at Wembley, though, with father Alan - the former Wimbledon striker - on hand to witness his big night.

"I was about to go on holiday with the missus and the kids when the gaffer called me in the morning and said, 'Do you want to come in?," Cork said.

"I was going to go to Dubai with them but I told them to go because I didn't think I'd feature. They took my mum over to help with the kids."

Picturing the scene in the United Arab Emirates when he replaced Jake Livermore in the 86th minute, he added: "I'm sure my mum will have been buzzing, having a couple of drinks because she'd be nervous.

"They'll be all right though - there'll be pictures."

Wearing the Three Lions at senior level completes a full house for a player who represented England in every age category up to under-21s and also played at the London 2012 Olympics as part of the Great Britain side.

Cork went the long way round, leaving Chelsea on a series of lower-league loans before finally establishing himself in the Premier League with Southampton, Swansea and now the Clarets.

"I feel like I've done it hard, I've done my graft and played all the games from League One to the Championship. I've put myself out there," he said.

"I feel like I've played enough games to have merited a chance and I'm just really happy the manager has trusted me to get in there.

"It was amazing, one of the highlights of my career. Just to come out at Wembley, against Germany, in a big game like that and get on the pitch is a dream."