Leeds United starlet Lewis Cook made his England Under-19 debut yesterday and took to social networking site Twitter in order to celebrate a hard-fought 1-0 win over Azerbaijan.
The Whites midfielder previously represented the England U-17s with regularity but was called up for Sean O’Driscoll's U-19 squad for the first time for their trip to France.
The opposition weren’t of the best quality, but that didn’t stop the youngsters from heading into the encounter with the right frame of mind and controlling proceedings early on.
A first-half strike Manchester City’s Ashley Smith-Brown was enough to separate the teams on the night, though it could have been more comfortable for the visitors with Cook also going close.
The 18-year-old was promising in midfield, lasting 79 minutes before being replaced by Chelsea’s Charlie Colkett following a satisfactory night’s work.
With 37 Championship appearances under his belt, his England U-19 debut was another step in his exciting young career and he shared his emotions on Twitter after the match, writing:
Buzzing with a the win against Azerbaijan, lads were class— Lewis Cook (@lewiscook_) marzo 28, 2015
Next week’s encounter with fellow Group 7 challengers France will be crucial to England’s chances of qualifying for this summer’s finals in Greece.
The Elland Road favourite is likely to drop back to the bench for the upcoming group-decider, but his contributions to the side’s Euro bid and his own personal highlight won’t be forgotten in a hurry.