Leeds United fans reacted positively to the news that former player Lewis Cook had received his first call-up to the national team for the friendly match against Brazil on Tuesday evening.

The 20-year-old was an unused substitute at Wembley, as an experimental, young England side recorded a creditable 0-0 draw against strong opposition. Although he must wait for his first senior appearance, many Leeds supporters had already earmarked the talented central midfielder for greatness during his time at Elland Road.

Cook graduated through the Yorkshire club’s academy as a youngster and eventually broke into the Whites’ first team in 2014, going on to play 80 games for the club in a productive two-year stint.

Known at Leeds for his outstanding technical ability and industrious tenacity in midfield, a string of classy displays attracted interest from several Premier League teams and despite vowing to keep their young starlet, divisive former owner Massimo Cellino controversially sold the player to Bournemouth in August 2016 for a reported £7 million.

The move angered Whites’ supporters who derided the minimal fee and felt that the sale of one of their best players and one of their prized assets also reflected a worrying lack of ambition.

Since his move to the Cherries, former Leeds man Cook has found opportunities in the Bournemouth first team hard to come by, with boss Eddie Howe opting to play him in just ten games so far.

However, plying his trade in the Premier League has raised his profile and lead to his inclusion in the England Under 20 squad for the World Cup held in South Korea during the summer.

Former Leeds man Cook duly captained his team to glory, becoming the first England skipper to lift a World Cup trophy since the great Sir Bobby Moore in 1966.

That achievement will have done no harm to his chances of breaking into the Bournemouth squad in the near future. However, for Leeds fans the feelings are bittersweet.

Whilst for some it may represent a case of ‘what might have been’ had the club shown the ambition to pull out all the stops to keep their talented youngster, for others they are merely content at seeing one of their home grown talents become one of the most promising players of his generation.

The best Twitter reactions of Leeds fans to Cook’s England call-up can be found below:




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