JACK Cork is putting thoughts of making the World Cup with England on the back burner as he concentrates on his form for Burnley in the Premier League run-in.

The Clarets midfielder was called into the Three Lions squad by Gareth Southgate in November and made his international debut with a three-minute cameo off the bench against world champions Germany.

England return to action in March with friendlies against Holland and Italy as the countdown to the World Cup in Russia this summer continues.

Cork is one of several Burnley players pressing for a place in Southgate’s squad, with Tom Heaton set to return from injury to reignite his own international ambitions, while James Tarkowski has also been linked with a call-up as he considers a possible alternative international future with Poland.

But Cork, who has played every minute for the Clarets in the top flight this season, is keeping his mind focused on club matters for now.

“I don’t think I can think that far (ahead),” he said.

“I’ve had one call up and three minutes of playing, I was just grateful to Gareth Southgate for giving me that opportunity.

“Anything more for me would be a bonus. We were playing well and doing well as a team, the form was good and we were working hard and I managed to get a call with injuries.

“If we can keep the form going and I can keep playing well and the team can keep doing well then hopefully there will be another spot for me at some stage and maybe a couple more Burnley players.”

After the March friendlies England play Nigeria and Costa Rica in early June in World Cup warm-up games before heading to Russia for their tournament opener against Tunisia on June 18.

With just 11 Premier League games left of the season the chances to impress Southgate are limited, but Cork knows performances for his club are going to be key, and the chance of making a World Cup squad only adds extra motivation between now and May.

“The next England game is coming up soon so we’ll have to see. We (Burnley) have got to start winning games and I’ve got to keep playing well before I can even start thinking about it,” the 28-year-old added.

“There’s got a lot of players coming back now knowing that the World Cup is coming up. There’ll be a lot of competition.

“It’ll give me the motivation to keep me going.”

Cork hasn’t had any contact with the England hierarchy since his November debut but will be keeping his fingers crossed that he gets a call in the near future.

“I think you just get a call nearer the time. I was having breakfast when I found out and I got a shout from the manager’s office,” he said of that November call-up.

“They’ve got a group chat for the players, but I think it will be closer to the time that anyone speaks to the gaffer and maybe lets him know.”