Leeds United midfielder Lewis Cook has told the FA’s official website about the benefits of playing in a higher age group as an England youth international.
Cook is one of the biggest talents that Leeds have produced for a number of years and his consistency despite still being a very young man, has seen him represent England at under-19 level, having only featured for the under-17s last summer.
He feels the benefit of playing international tournament football has already rubbed off on him as he looks to push on to the next stage in his career.
“It was great to get that call for the higher age group. I really enjoyed it and got a good game in, it's a shame I got injured, but it was good to mix in with the lads,” he told thefa.com.
“I think the Euros really helped a lot of us and it is going good. We now want to continue that with two solid games over the next week.”
Cook’s job at Leeds this season
The international break probably came at a good time for Leeds as it provided the chance for the team to rest after a high ratio of fixtures in a short space of time.
However, they should benefit from Cook being slightly sharper once he’s back in action domestically after the break.
He just needs to continue going about his business in the right way for Leeds, looking to maintain the sort of consistency he’s already shown at Leeds, controlling those midfield areas.
If he can also nudge further forward at times and add a few goals to his game, few Leeds fans will argue.