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Leeds United fans react to Lewis Cook’s England debut

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Leeds United fans react to Lewis Cook’s England debut

The Leeds academy product is now plying his trade with Bournemouth.

England finished their international break with a 1-1 draw against Italy at Wembley last night. The game was a great opportunity for many to stamp their claim on a World Cup spot. James Tarkowski picked up his first England cap, Jack Butland got a chance in goal and Lewis Cook of Bournemouth came on for his England debut.

It was a bittersweet moment for Leeds United fans. Cook, of course, came through the ranks at Thorp Arch. The midfielder from York was at Leeds from the age of seven. In 2016 he departed Elland Road, joining the Cherries. It came after years of mismanagement of the West Yorkshire side and Cook’s career was better off served elsewhere.

That has proven the case. After struggling with injury for periods of last season he has established himself in the Bournemouth starting XI under Eddie Howe.

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For Leeds fans, they knew what he was capable of. The shining star of their youth team during the Neil Redfearn era, his departure was a tough one for Leeds fans to take.

The fact Leeds only received a fee reported to be in an initial region of £6 million by the Yorkshire Evening Post hurts more. Although that figure can rise to £10 million, fans are disappointed such a fee was not already gathered by selling one of their top talents.

As Cook, who also captained England to under-20 World Cup success in the summer, came on the feeling from Leeds fans was one of pride. Here was one of their own, making it on the biggest stage. To add to the good feeling, his grandfather won £17,000 after betting on Cook to make his England debut when the Leeds alumni was just 18.

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Many a Leeds fan, however, made the same prediction and that is what hurts the most. If Cook had remained at Leeds would he be making his England debut, who knows? Would Leeds still be in the Championship given his ability and how close they came last season? Again, who knows?

But overall Leeds fans on Twitter were just pleased to see him get his senior cap. With England playing Costa Rica in a World Cup warm-up at Elland Road in June, maybe Cook can play in white at his spiritual home yet again.

As for those that sold him? Leeds fans were less praising…

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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