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Leeds United midfielder Lewis Cook is returning unscathed from international duty and ready for a key Championship clash with Brighton after helping England’s Under-19s move a step closer to the European Championship.

Leeds United midfielder Lewis Cook is returning unscathed from international duty and ready for a key Championship clash with Brighton after helping England’s Under-19s move a step closer to the European Championship.

Cook made his second 90-minute appearance in four days yesterday, featuring in a 0-0 draw with Italy which carried England’s Under-19s through the initial qualifying stage for Euro 2016 as group winners.

The 18-year-old had played and set up a goal in a 1-0 win over Finland on Saturday after sitting out the first of three qualifiers in Macedonia, a 2-0 victory against the home nation last Thursday.

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United’s talented academy product is firmly established in England’s Under-19 pool after previous appearances at younger age levels and Cook – a European Under-17 Championship winner last year – remains on course to feature at the Under-19 tournament in Germany next summer.

Leeds, however, will welcome him back to Thorp Arch for training tomorrow morning ahead of the resumption of their Championship season on Saturday.

Head coach Uwe Rosler is contemplating his options after United suffered what he called a “bitter defeat” to Birmingham City ahead of the international break, a 2-0 loss which left his side three points above the Championship’s relegation zone.

Leeds are aiming to record their first home win for more than seven months against a Brighton team who hold the Football League’s only unbeaten record and are top of the Championship.

Rosler was hoping for the safe return of a number of players who departed on international duty last week, including wingers Stuart Dallas and Jordan Botaka, and Cook appears to have avoided a repeat of the circumstances which ended his domestic campaign early last season.

The youngster, who tweeted about a “good trip away” after full-time yesterday,

flew home from a spell with England Under-19 in April with an ankle injury but coach Aidy Boothroyd satisfied Rosler with his handling of Cook during the last international break.

“I was delighted that he was used in a responsible way,” Rosler said. “I’d like to praise Aidy Boothroyd.”

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