Saturday, 11 November 2017

Lewis Cook gets senior England call up

Gareth Southgate has been true to his word of getting the U21 players involved in the senior squad even if these players are not getting a great deal of time at their clubs. Bournemouth's Lewis Cook is the latest player that could get a look in against Brazil at Wembley on Tuesday.
Lewis Cook is moving up in class.
This is a big moment for Lewis even if their are some six Tottenham players that have pulled out of the England squad. The recognition means that Cook is not so far away from Southgate's thoughts and it shows that he is being noticed when he plays for Bournemouth as well as for the U21s. As the captain of the U21s it is perhaps not such a surprise that Southgate has decided he can call upon Lewis now for the senior squad, but it will start to put pressure on Eddie Howe to think about playing Cook a bit more I feel, if Lewis really has a chance of making the plane to Russia.

The World Cup could well have quite an impact of AFCB now. Arter, King and Defoe are very much in contention and perhaps Lewis Cook and Callum Wilson can be added to that picture, if things go right for them in the next few months. I think it can only help the Bournemouth team to play better if they have several players in the thoughts of international managers.

It is quite a rise though for Cook who has six starts this season, including two starts in the Carabao Cup. To go from a handful of Premier League games into contention for an England squad place demonstrates that it only takes a good run to get picked. Lewis has deserved his call up for his controlled displays and many have tried before to force their way into the centre of AFCB's midfield and not shifted Arter or Surman, so the progress Cook is making really encouraging and who knows perhaps he could even get a start on Tuesday against Brazil.

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