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 Â£7 million.
The move angered Whitesâ€™ 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 â€˜what might have beenâ€™ 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 Cookâ€™s England call-up can be found below:
Absolutely brilliant that Lewis Cook has been called up to the @England Squad!!! Could tell at @LUFC that he had the potential to have a role in England teams for years to come long may his development continue well !! #ALAW #lufc
— Will (@WM80_) November 11, 2017
Lewis Cook will be a star for @England for years. Delighted we saw him in the first team for a bit, first time in years we are now looking to keep youth (Vieira & Phillips) and grow together. #lufc glass half full! https://t.co/Hqo0yn1wsk
— John Atkinson (@JohnAtkinson02) November 12, 2017
This makes me both so happy that Lewis Cook has been recognised as an international quality player, but also so sad that heâ€™s not our player and was sold for dirt cheap!! #lufc #england https://t.co/YDXLw6zFVA
— Super Leeds United (@superlufc1919) November 12, 2017
It makes me happy but also sad that Lewis Cook has been called up to the England squad. Wish he was doing it as a Leeds player #lufc
— Louie (@LouieJohnston95) November 12, 2017
Not even going to brag about calling Lewis Cook to play for England one day years ago as 99% of us #Lufc fans saw it a mile off…not even surprised!
— Tom Mellor (@MellorFootball) November 13, 2017
said last week it was a matter of time before Lewis Cook gets an England call up and heâ€™s been called up today for the Brazil game, fully deserved, most talented footballer to play for Leeds since our Premier League days #lufc
— Bealo (@bealolufc) November 11, 2017
— Josh Stone (@Joshstone23) November 11, 2017
I donâ€™t really care that Lewis Cook has been called up to the England squad. He doesnâ€™t play for Leeds anymore he left & chose to leave, get over the obsession #lufc
— Kirsty Stanley (@stanners_1982) November 11, 2017
— Chris C (@Harvestchris) November 11, 2017
Well done to Lewis Cook on being called up to the England squad.
Excuse me while I go and chop some onions and repeat the letter Y over and over. #lufc
— I'd Radebe Leeds (@Radebe_Leeds) November 11, 2017
Lewis Cook could potentially get his first cap for England on Tuesday..oh what could have been at #lufc good luck Cook, best player at Leeds for a long time!
— Kieran Sheppard (@KieranSheppard) November 11, 2017