Leeds United: Cook named in England squad for Euro U-19 Championship warm up games

Lewis Cook in match action against Charlton Athletic.
Lewis Cook in match action against Charlton Athletic.
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Lewis Cook is in firm contention for an appearance at the European Under-19 Championship in July after making the England squad for two warm-up games against Mexico.

The Leeds United midfielder, who was heavily involved in the Under-19s’ successful qualifying campaign, has been named in a 24-man group chosen by coach Aidy Boothroyd for back to back meetings with Mexico on June 4 and 6.

The fixtures will complete the youngsters’ preparations for the European finals in Germany, which start on July 11.

England are in a group with France, Croatia and Holland and will bid to win the competition for the 10th time - 23 years after their last success in 1993.

The competition runs to July 24, potentially ruling Cook out of much of Leeds’ pre-season schedule. The new Championship term is due to kick off on August 6.

Cook - the reigning Football League young player of the year - has already enjoyed international success after helping England win the European Under-17 Championship two years ago.

Speaking about the Under-19 finals last month, Cook said: “It’ll be a great tournament and hopefully the same can happen and we win it again.”

The 19-year-old is one of only four Championship players in Boothroyd’s provisional squad.

Reading goalkeeper Luke Southwood, Charlton winger Ademola Lookman and Middlesbrough defender Dael Fry have also been included.

Full England Under-19 squad:

Goalkeepers: Freddie Woodman (Newcastle United), Sam Howes (West Ham United), Luke Southwood (Reading).

Defenders: Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (Manchester United), Jake Clarke-Salter (Chelsea), Callum Connolly (Everton), Dael Fry (Middlesbrough), Jonjoe Kenny (Everton), Tafari Moore (Arsenal), Taylor Moore (RC Lens), Fikayo Tomori (Chelsea), Kyle Walker-Peters (Tottenham Hotspur).

Midfielders: Lewis Cook (Leeds United), Ryan Ledson (Everton), Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal), Joshua Onomah (Tottenham Hotspur), Reece Oxford (West Ham United), Jordan Rossiter (Liverpool).

Forwards: Tammy Abraham (Chelsea), Adam Armstrong (Newcastle United), Isaiah Brown (Chelsea), Ademola Lookman (Charlton Athletic), Sheyi Ojo (Liverpool), Dominic Solanke (Chelsea).