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Young Lion Lewis targets next success

Lewis Cook will be on familiar territory when U21s face Latvia at AFC Bournemouth

Tuesday 05 Sep 2017

Lewis Cook is looking forward to running out on home turf in England colours on Tuesday night.

The Young Lions will be looking to pick up their first win of the new U21 Euro qualifying campaign when they face Latvia at the Vitality Stadium.

England v Latvia
  • UEFA European U21 Championship
  • Group 4
  • 7.45pm, Tuesday 5 September 2017
  • Vitality Stadium, AFC Bournemouth
  • Live on BT Sport

And the AFC Bournemouth midfielder, who made his U21s debut in the 1-1 draw with the Netherlands on Friday, is hoping to make his home bow in front of a familiar crowd.

“Every England game is a special occasion but this one will mean just that little bit more for me,” Cook told the official match programme for Tuesday’s game.

“It’ll be a great night to hopefully be involved in front of my home supporters at Bournemouth.

“Once the fixture was announced it was a big aim of mine to do enough to be involved.

“There’s a lot of talented people trying to get into this squad and wanting to play in a big game like this.

“Hopefully we can get a lot of fans in to cheer us on and we can have a good evening.”

An U21 call-up was the latest honour for the former Leeds United star, but for someone who also lifted the World Cup in South Korea this summer and the U17 Euro title, the Yorkshireman is taking it all in his stride.

But he’s not allowing that glory, which he shared with a number of his U21 squad-mates, to cloud over his next achievement of winning another piece of silverware with Aidy Boothroyd’s side. 

“It was a great achievement winning the World Cup, and obviously we are very happy and proud, but now we have to focus on the next target,” he added.

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“And for us now that is the U21s Euros. We have to start preparing for that and get going as soon as possible.

“I still have my World Cup medal down here. I took all my shirts and everything from South Korea back up north to my parents, but I’m keeping my medal close to me in my bedroom.

“I had another look at it the other day and it said ‘world champions’ on there, and it is little things like that why I’m in football.

“I’m in it to win and get medals and trophies as that is the greatest part about it.

“But now it is time to move on. I’ve never played against Latvia before so this will be a first for me. It’s another new test for us.”

You can read the full interview with Lewis in the official England match programme for the Latvia game, which will be available around the stadium.

Tickets for Tuesday match cost just £10 for adults and £5 for concessions and can be purchased from the ticket office at the Vitality Stadium.

By Nicholas Veevers Content Manager - FA Owned Channels