Leeds United midfielder Lewis Cook says that he needs to step up his game while being part of the England Under-19 squad.
Leeds United midfielder Lewis Cook has explained to The Yorkshire Evening Post the difference in standards at club and international football.
Cook is currently part of the England Under-19 level after making the step-up from the Under-18 side.
The 18-year-old is a highly-rated youngster and has established himself as a first-team regular for the Whites, but he believes that playing with the England youth sides has its own merits and challenges.
“Coming back to England is different to the Championship,” Cook told The Yorkshire Evening Post. “There’s a lot of technical and really good players there and you have to step up to the plate and adapt to the different type of football at international level.
“It’s the first time I have been involved with the Under-19s, and from the first training sessions I have been involved in I can see the staff and the players here are really good.”
It is a learning curve for Cook to be involved with the England U19s, and it seems that he is willing to learn from the experience.
As exciting as the Championship is, it does not have that technical aspect, but Cook seems to be ready to step up his game.
The youngster is a gifted midfielder who has shown this season the potential he has, featuring in no fewer than 36 Championship matches so far this season.
For a player as young as Cook, that is a lot of games in what is a hugely competitive league, and it highlights just how brilliant the Leeds teenager is.
The experience of playing with the England Under-19s in the Under-19 European Championship Elite Round qualifiers is only going help Cook develop as a player.