England only in the back of Cook’s mind

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has backed Cherries midfielder Lewis Cook to win his England place back after making his return from injury for the first team.

Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook insists his focus is purely on club matters but admits would love to feature for England once again.

The 22-year-old is now back in the Cherries side after a lengthy injury absence and played the last 13 minutes as Bournemouth beat Southampton 3-1 on Friday night in the south-coast derby.

It was his second appearance of the campaign after the former Leeds United man made his comeback against Everton and he helped Eddie Howe’s side pick up their third league win of the season to sit in sixth place in the top-flight standings.

Cook has one Three Lions cap to date, featuring against Italy in a 1-1 pre-World Cup friendly draw with Italy in March 2018.

The youngster came on in the 71st minute of that match and has been tipped for further international honours once he gets back into regular first-team action at the Vitality Stadium.



England boss Gareth Southgate was in the crowd for the Saints game but the York-born ace confessed that he has had no contact with the England manager since his return to fitness.

“No,” he told the Daily Echo when asked about the subject. “I’m just focusing on myself now trying to get a few games.”

Bournemouth have enjoyed an excellent start to 2019-20 and that is bound to thrust a few players into the spotlight for international recognition and it remains to be seen if Cook is given a run-out when Howe’s charges face Burton Albion in the EFL Cup third-round on Wednesday.

It would make sense given his need for game time and the man who played at six age-group levels for England before making his senior debut confessed that playing for his country is somewhere in his thoughts.

“Obviously that’s in my mind, but I can’t be focused on that at the moment, I’ve just got to focus on my club and just enjoy my football,” he added.