AFC Bournemouth defender Steve Cook is believed to be on the verge of a call-up to the England squad.
Still only 25, Steve Cook first joined the Cherries initially on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion in October 2011.
After coming through the youth system at Brighton, Cook had seen his first team chances limited.
He made just 7 appearances between making his debut in September 2008 and when he was allowed to leave on a permanent basis in January 2012.
The Cherries paid a reported £150,000 to Brighton for Cook and the central defender has gone on to 220 appearances for AFC Bournemouth across the top three tiers of English football, playing a key role in promotion from League One, The Championship and maintaining the clubs Premier League status.
The Daily Mail have reported that England manager Gareth Southgate has included Steve Cook ‘on a list of emerging players to study closely before the end of the season.’
The report added…
‘In a team designed to attack and entertain, Cook has been able to boast defensive statistics to eclipse Michael Keane and Ben Gibson, promising young centre halves tipped for England recognition although playing their club football in teams built to defend in numbers.’
Cook has now made 28 Premier League starts this season without missing a single minute of top flight action and according to the report, Cook is ‘topping the rankings for most clearances in any of the top five leagues across Europe with 262 at an average of 9.7 per game.’
The Daily Mail have also speculated on apparent interest from West Bromwich Albion, with manager Tony Pulis valuing Cook at £7million.
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