Date: 1st April 2018 at 7:45am
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AFC Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook became the Cherries first ever full England international when he came on at Wembley as a substitute against Italy.

Lewis Cook joined AFC Bournemouth at the age of 19 having already made 85 appearances for Leeds United and breaking through to the England Under 19’s set up.

As one of the Football League’s most promising youngsters, he joined AFC Bournemouth for an undisclosed fee, reported to include a £6million initial fee rising to a possible £10million after add-ons.

However those add ons did not include making an appearance for England, so Leeds United have not received a financial windfall, for Cook’s recent success.

During his first season, Cook made just six Premier League appearances as his campaign was plagued by injury. He was one of a few players, who have ever walked straight into and Eddie Howe starting XI, making his debut on the opening day of the season against Manchester United.

However his next Premier League appearance didn’t come until April, where he then kept his place in the side during the final games of the season.

He would go on to captain England Under 20’s at the World Cup in the summer, a tournament that England would go on to win.

This Premier League campaign he has made 24 Premier League appearances, including 20 starts and that form has put him in contention for a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for this summers World Cup in Russia.

Howe told Sky Sports

‘It was a really historic moment for the football club, We have never had a full England international play for Bournemouth so I’m sure I speak for many Bournemouth fans in congratulating him.

‘I was very proud of him and it was a great moment for his family as well…’

‘…The aim for him now is to try to improve every day as he has done since he signed here to fulfil the potential that he’s got…’

‘…We want to try and help him get (to the World Cup) in any way that we can, but he has to take care of his form with us and I think that is the priority…’

Your Say…

billythekid wrote…

Think credit must go to both clubs who had a hand in coaching the lad to an England cap.

Both Leeds and Cherries fans can be proud of the lad.

Most of all Lewis can be proud of himself.

Those Leeds fans that are bitter, would Cook have had an England cap if he was still at Leeds?Join the conversation here.

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