Lewis Cook (footballer, born 1997)

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Lewis Cook
Lewis Cook Leeds.jpg
Cook at Leeds United in 2015
Personal information
Full name Lewis John Cook[1]
Date of birth (1997-02-03) 3 February 1997 (age 21)[2]
Place of birth York, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[3]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
AFC Bournemouth
Number 16
Youth career
2004–2014 Leeds United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2016 Leeds United 80 (1)
2016– AFC Bournemouth 38 (0)
National team
2011–2013 England U16 5 (0)
2013–2014 England U17 12 (0)
2014 England U18 1 (0)
2015–2016 England U19 9 (0)
2016–2017 England U20 11 (1)
2017– England U21 12 (0)
2018– England 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:56, 5 September 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:47, 11 October 2018 (UTC)

Lewis John Cook (born 3 February 1997) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club AFC Bournemouth and the English national team.

Cook is a graduate of Leeds United's academy. He has represented England at various youth levels. He has won the 2014 UEFA European Under-17 Championship, 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup and 2018 Toulon Tournament with his country, captaining the team in the latter two tournaments.

Early life

Cook was born in York, North Yorkshire.[2] He attended Tadcaster Grammar School, playing for their football teams from under-13 to under-15 level.[4]

Club career

Leeds United

Early career

Cook graduated through the Leeds United Academy and was playing for the under-18s team when he was just 15 years old.[citation needed] Cook scored in a 3–1 loss against Liverpool under-18s on 1 March 2013 at Anfield for Leeds under-18s in the FA Youth Cup.[5]

2014–15 season

After breaking into the team during the 2014–15 pre-season, Cook made his first-team debut for Leeds United in the first match of the season, coming on as a 64th-minute substitute against Millwall.[6] He made his first start for Leeds on 12 August 2014, starting the League Cup match against Accrington Stanley.[7] He made his first league start on 30 August against Watford.[6] Cook became one of the first names on the teamsheet for Leeds, becoming part of a homegrown contingent in the first team alongside Sam Byram, Alex Mowatt and Charlie Taylor.[citation needed] On 28 March 2015, he picked up an ankle injury on international duty, which ruled him out of the final matches of the season.[8][9]

On 9 April 2015, after rumoured Premier League interest in Cook and teammates Sam Byram, Alex Mowatt and Charlie Taylor, head coach Neil Redfearn challenged Leeds United's owners to keep a hold of their home-grown talents.[10] On 19 April, Cook won the Championship Apprentice of the Year award for the 2014–15 season.[11] On 1 May 2015, Cook was named as the runner-up to winner Alex Mowatt for the Yorkshire Evening Post Player of the Year for the 2014–15 season.[12] On 2 May 2015, he won Leeds' Young Player of the Year Award and also finished as runner-up to Alex Mowatt in the Fans' Player of the Year Award at the club's official end of season awards ceremony.[13]

2015–16 season

Cook signed a new contract at Leeds on 11 May 2015, tying him to the club until June 2017.[14] On 12 August 2015, he scored his first Leeds goal against Doncaster Rovers in the League Cup, but was also sent off in the first half for a straight red card, with Leeds eventually losing 4–2 on penalties after a 1–1 draw.[15] As a result of this red card, Cook received a three-match suspension.[16] After being subject to bids from Premier League clubs, Leeds manager Steve Evans revealed on 7 January 2016 that they had rejected bids for Cook and that club owner Massimo Cellino had assured him that the player would not be sold.[17] On 24 February 2016, Cook scored with a 35-yard short to earn his first league goal for Leeds in a 1–1 home draw against Fulham.[18]

On 17 April 2016, Cook won the Football League Young Player of the Year Award.[19] At the club's annual Player of the Year Awards ceremony on 30 April 2016, Cook missed out on Player of the Year to Charlie Taylor, but was named the Young Player of the Year for the 2015–16 season.[20] In addition to this, he was presented with the award for Goal of the Season for his goal against Fulham.[20] On 15 June 2016, Leeds owner Massimo Cellino revealed he had entered into talks with Cook's agent about extending the player's contract.[21][unreliable source?]

AFC Bournemouth

On 8 July 2016, Cook signed for Premier League club AFC Bournemouth on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[22] He made his debut when starting in a 3–1 defeat at home to Manchester United in their first match of the 2016–17 Premier League.[23] Cook made two further appearances in the League Cup before being sidelined until 2017 by a persistent ankle problem.[24][unreliable source?] Cook returned to the first team on 15 April 2017, coming on as a 56th-minute substitute in a 4–0 away defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.[23]

International career

In May 2014, Cook was part of the England national under-17 team that won the 2014 UEFA European Under-17 Championship, starting three of England's five matches, including the semi-final and the final.[25] In August 2014, he was called up to the under-18 team for a match against the Netherlands.[26]

In March 2015, Cook was called up to Sean O'Driscoll's under-19 team to play Denmark, Azerbaijan and France in the last three remaining European Under-19 Championship qualifiers.[27] He made his debut on 28 March, playing 79 minutes against Azerbaijan in a 1–0 win for England before being replaced by Charlie Colkett.[28] Cook had to withdraw from the squad having suffered an ankle injury against Azerbaijan, meaning he missed the match against France as the team looked to secure a place at the tournament in Greece.[29] He was withdrawn from the squad for the 2016 UEFA European Under-19 Championship by his club manager Garry Monk, who wished to work with the player for a full pre-season.[30]

Cook was selected for the under-20 team for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup and was made captain.[31] He played in six of the seven England matches in the tournament,[citation needed] only being rested for the match against South Korea.[32] He scored a goal in a 1–1 draw against Guinea, his first goal in an international match.[33] England beat Venezuela 1–0 in the final, which was England's first win in a global tournament since their 1966 FIFA World Cup victory,[34] and Cook became the first England captain to lift a world trophy since Bobby Moore.[35]

Cook was called up by the senior team for the first time in November 2017 for a friendly against Brazil.[36] He was again named in the England squad in March 2018 for pre 2018 FIFA World Cup friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy.[37] He made his debut against the latter on 27 March as a 71st-minute substitute in the 1–1 draw at Wembley Stadium.[38]

On 16 May 2018, he was one of five players named on standby for the 23-man England national team squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[39]

Cook received a call up to England U21s by Manager Aidy Boothroyd on 18 May 2018, with Cook as Captain for the 2018 Toulon Tournament, with England's group containing fixtures against Qatar, China and Mexico.[40] Cook started in the 2018 Toulon Tournament Final against Mexico on 9 June 2018, captaining England to victory in the tournament with a 2–1 win.[41]

Career statistics


As of match played 1 September 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Leeds United 2014–15[6] Championship 37 0 0 0 1 0 38 0
2015–16[42] Championship 43 1 3 0 1 1 47 2
Total 80 1 3 0 2 1 85 2
AFC Bournemouth 2016–17[23] Premier League 6 0 1 0 2 0 9 0
2017–18[43] Premier League 29 0 0 0 3 0 32 0
2018–19[44] Premier League 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
Total 38 0 1 0 6 0 45 0
Career total 118 1 4 0 8 1 0 0 130 2


As of match played 27 March 2018[45]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
England 2018 1 0
Total 1 0


England U17

England U20

England U21



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  2. ^ a b "Lewis Cook". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Lewis Cook: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  4. ^ Flett, Dave (14 June 2017). "York's World Cup-winning captain Lewis Cook has right ingredients to make it to the top says ex-Minstermen mentor". The Press. York. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  5. ^ Pearce, James (1 March 2013). "FA Youth Cup report: Liverpool FC 3 Leeds United 1". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  6. ^ a b c "Games played by Lewis Cook in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Doukara double sends United through". Leeds United F.C. 12 August 2014. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  8. ^ Hay, Phil (2 April 2015). "Leeds United: Redfearn put under pressure not to play Antenucci". Yorkshire Evening Post. Leeds. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
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  10. ^ Hay, Phil (9 April 2015). "Leeds United: Keep young stars, Redfearn challenges Leeds". Yorkshire Evening Post. Leeds. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  11. ^ a b "Leeds United's Lewis Cook named LFE Apprentice of the Year for the Championship". English Football League. 19 April 2015. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  12. ^ Hay, Phil (1 May 2015). "Leeds United: Mowatt voted YEP player of the year". Yorkshire Evening Post. Leeds. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  13. ^ a b "Mowatt scoops awards night double". Leeds United F.C. 2 May 2015. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  14. ^ "Cook agrees new United contract". Leeds United F.C. 11 May 2015. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  15. ^ "Doncaster: United exit cup on penalties". Leeds United F.C. 13 August 2015. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
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  17. ^ "Evans provides latest transfer news". Leeds United F.C. 7 January 2016. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  18. ^ "Lewis Cook scored a brilliant equaliser for Leeds against Fulham". Sky Sports. 24 February 2016. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  19. ^ a b "Leeds United's Lewis Cook named Football League Young Player of the Year". English Football League. 17 April 2016. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  20. ^ a b c "Taylor crowned Player of the Year". Leeds United F.C. 30 April 2016. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  21. ^ "Leeds confident of securing Bournemouth target Lewis Cook on fresh terms... but fear Charlie Taylor will not sign a new deal". Daily Mail. London. 15 June 2016. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  22. ^ "Lewis Cook: Bournemouth complete signing of Leeds United midfielder". BBC Sport. 8 July 2016. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  23. ^ a b c "Games played by Lewis Cook in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  24. ^ Stonehouse, Gary (28 October 2016). "Bournemouth blow as young star Lewis Cook ruled out for three months with serious ankle injury". The Sun. London. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  25. ^ a b "2014 UEFA European Under-17 Championship – Technical report" (PDF). UEFA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 September 2017.
  26. ^ "International call up for Lewis". Leeds United F.C. 29 August 2014. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  27. ^ "England U19s squad changes for Euro qualifiers". The Football Association. 21 March 2015. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  28. ^ Lavery, Glenn (28 March 2015). "U19s grind out Azerbaijan win to close in on Euro finals". The Football Association. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  29. ^ "Cook returns to Thorp Arch". Leeds United F.C. 31 March 2015. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  30. ^ Hay, Phil (28 June 2016). "Leeds United: Cook foregoes England U19 call-up for full pre-season". Yorkshire Evening Post. Leeds. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  31. ^ Bascombe, Chris (9 June 2017). "Lewis Cook: World Cup success might win Premier League managers' trust". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  32. ^ "Lewis Cook's England under-20s win through to World Cup quarter-finals". AFC Bournemouth. 31 May 2017. Archived from the original on 6 June 2017.
  33. ^ "Captain Cook bounces back for England". FIFA. 25 May 2017. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  34. ^ a b "Under-20 World Cup: England beat Venezuela in final". BBC Sport. 11 June 2017. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  35. ^ Delaney, Miguel (11 June 2017). "England's U20 World Cup triumph must form the bedrock of future international tournament success". The Independent. London. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  36. ^ "England v Brazil: Dominic Solanke, Lewis Cook and Angus Gunn called up for friendly". BBC Sport. 11 November 2017. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  37. ^ "England call-ups for uncapped quartet as Jack Wilshere earns recall". BBC Sport. 15 March 2018. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  38. ^ McNulty, Phil (27 March 2018). "England 1–1 Italy". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  39. ^ "England World Cup squad: Trent Alexander-Arnold in 23-man squad". BBC Sport. 16 May 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  40. ^ "England U21s head to Maurice Revello Tournament in Toulon with a 20-man squad". The Football Association. 18 May 2018. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  41. ^ a b O'Keeffe, Greg (9 June 2018). "Toulon Tournament: England U21s secure third successive title with 2-1 win over Mexico". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  42. ^ "Games played by Lewis Cook in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  43. ^ "Games played by Lewis Cook in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  44. ^ "Games played by Lewis Cook in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  45. ^ "Cook, Lewis". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 5 September 2018.

External links

  • Lewis Cook profile at the AFC Bournemouth website
  • Lewis Cook at Soccerbase
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