Leeds United: Cook omitted from England U-19 duty after intervention by Monk

Lewis Cook.
Lewis Cook.
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Lewis Cook has been left out of of the England Under-19 squad chosen for this month’s European Championship in Germany.

Under-19 coach Aidy Boothroyd has granted a request from Garry Monk to omit Cook from his plans and allow the midfielder to complete a full pre-season with Leeds United.

Monk spoke with Boothroyd and Cook last month, voicing his reluctance to lose Cook for a large potion of Leeds’ summer schedule.

The European Championship runs until July 24, the day after Leeds play their penultimate pre-season friendly away at Peterborough United.

Cook, who was part of the England Under-17 side which won the Euros in 2014, was primed to travel to Germany but Monk’s intervention saw him head instead to United’s training camp in Ireland on Sunday.

He was not among the England players selected when the Football Association announced Boothroyd’s squad today.

Explaining his decision, Monk, who became Leeds’ head coach five weeks ago, said: “I’ll play the villain in this but it was for the right reasons. I think it’s what’s best for us going forward.

“I just felt that to miss him for pretty much the whole of pre-season would be detrimental to the player and detrimental to myself and the team.”