Lewis John Cook, popularly known as Lewis Cook, is a English professional footballer who played as a attacking center midfielder in the England junior national team since a very long period and is currently playing for their senior team. He has played for some popular clubs like Leeds United and Bournemouth in his professional career.
Born on 3 February 1997 in North Yorkshire in England, Cook began his youth career at the age of 8 while playing for the youth setup of the second tier team of English Football League system, Leeds United. He spent 10 years with club and came into highlights when gave an impressive performance against Liverpool in U18s FA Youth Cup.
Cook made his senior professional debut for Leeds United in 2014 as a substitute against Millwall. In his 2 year tenure, he scored once in 80 appearances and was a part of many valuable assists.
In 2016, Cook signed for Premier League club Bournemouth on a four-year contract. He made his debut in a 3–1 home defeat against Manchester United in their first match of the 2016-17 Premier League. He had played 33 games for the club and made 2 assists.
Cook was approached for the international duty even before he started his professional career. He was a part of 5 games of England U16 national team in 2011 and of U17 national team in the following year. Cook was part of the England national U17 team that won the 2014 UEFA European U17 Championship, starting three of England's five matches, including the semi-final and the final.
In 2017, Cook was called for the senior squad in a friendly against Brazil and has been a consistent team member since then.
Rise to glory
After gaining vast experience at international level and in professional arena, Cook was made the captain of FIFA U20 national team in 2017. He scored his maiden international goal during the tournament led the team to England's first win in a global tournament since their 1996 FIFA World Cup victory.
His sharp skills earned him Championship Apprentice Award 2014-15. He also received many accolades such as - Leed’s Young Player of the year 2015, Football League Young player of the Year 2016, runner-up in Yorkshire Evening Post Player of the Year for the 2014–15 season and runner-up in Fans' Player of the Year Award at the club's official end of season awards ceremony 2015. He was also presented with the award for Goal of the Season 2016, for his goal against Fulham.