Does Burnley defender Ben Mee deserve to be in the England mix?

Ben Mee of Burnley tackles Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Burnley at Anfield on September 16, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

The centre-back has been in fine form but does not join team-mate Jack Cork in Gareth Southgate's squad.

Ben Mee of Burnley heads the ball away from Manolo Gabbiadini of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton and Burnley at St Mary's Stadium on November 4, 2017 in...

England take on Germany this evening in what is being billed as a ‘prestige’ international friendly between two historic football rivals. However, the occasion is certainly diluted by the litany of withdrawals from the England squad.

Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling headline the absentees for the fixture, and next week’s tie with World Cup favourites Brazil. It is hardly great preparation for Gareth Southgate’s men but it does give him a chance to look at other players - with Burnley midfielder Jack Cork receiving a call-up.

Matt Ritchie of Newcastle United us pulled back by Jack Cork of Burnley during the Premier League match between Burnley and Newcastle United at Turf Moor on October 30, 2017 in Burnley,...

A former Burnley player also benefited from the injury problems. Everton defender Michael Keane, who switched Claret for Blue in the summer, received another nod - despite struggling in recent weeks in a meek Everton side.

So why isn’t another Burnley star being mentioned as a potential England player?

Ben Mee is surely a player who should be under consideration. The 28-year-old, who played for his country at under-19, under-20 and under-21 level, has been an ever present in the Burnley defence for the past six seasons. He has now played two campaigns in the Premier League and this season he is yet again in top form.

Ben Mee of Burnley tackles Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Burnley at Anfield on September 16, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

With Sean Dyche’s side seventh in the table, and having the fourth best defensive record in the top-flight, it’s only fair that Mee has some hype around his dominant performances at the heart of the Burnley defence.

Mee has backed his Burnley team-mate Cork this week, but looking at the current defenders in the England squad, he may feel slightly aggrieved not to be in there with him.

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