Leeds and Southampton stars undeservedly miss out on international calls

Lewis Cook

We take a look at why Leeds United midfielder Lewis Cook and Southampton striker Ryan Seager should have been named in the England U20 squad.

Aidy Boothroyd named his latest England U20 squad on Thursday, as reported by the FA, but failed to call-up an in-form Lewis Cook or Ryan Seager.

The Leeds United midfielder, who was instead called up to the England Under-19 squad, must have been hoping for a promotion given his recent nomination as the Football League’s apprentice of the year but was overlooked for Derby County’s Jamie Hanson instead.

Cook, who has been mainstay in the Leeds side this season, has proved himself to be more than competent at Championship level and has shown over the course of the campaign that he has the maturity to maintain his performance levels.

Hanson, on the other hand, has done well since he came into the Derby team, after injuries to George Thorne, Omar Mascarell and John Eustace, but has yet to show he can compete at that level on a regular basis.

Nevertheless, he has been selected as the defensive midfielder for the Under-20 side on this occasion but will be under no illusion that the Leeds youngster will be vying for his place if he slips up.

Elsewhere, Southampton hot-shot Seager has missed out on a call-up altogether despite currently topping the U21 Premier League top goalscorers chart throughout both tiers.

The 19-year-old, who is poised to sign a four-year contract with the South Coast side according to the Telegraph, has scored 16 goals in all competitions for the Under-21 side this season and has helped the Saints reach the heights of second in the top tier of the U21 Premier League.

Despite the snub, it's unlikely Boothroyd will have written the youngster off all together and may just be waiting for the talent to get more first-team experience.

The Yeovil-born forward has been named on the bench three times for the Saints this season, coming on once against Swansea in 1-0 loss.

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