Leeds United boss Steve Evans is confident that Lewis Cook is in good shape despite a heavy workload for the England Under-19s during the international break.

The Leeds midfielder played two full games for England Under-19s against Georgia and Spain and clocked up 23 minutes against Greece in the UEFA Under-19s European Championship qualifiers.

While Evans is not exactly thrilled by Cook’s workload, the Leeds boss believes the midfielder will be in good shape for the Rotherham game on Saturday as he did get an extended time off from football before the international break.

The midfielder had a 25-minute cameo in Leeds' defeat to Huddersfield earlier this month, and therefore, Evans feels Cook should be fresh enough despite his hectic international schedule.

The Leeds boss told LUTV: “He played two games and 25-30 minutes for England; it is no problem to me.  


“He missed the Huddersfield game [played just 25 minutes], and yes turning back the clock is easy. If every coach could turn back the clock, then we would have different decisions in the history of football.

“But he got a nice break of two weeks before he went to play for England, that will keep him in good stead. He just needed eight and nine days downtime away from playing football, and he got that.

“So I am expecting to see a fresh Lewis Cook.”

Despite being just 19, Cook has been an important part of the Leeds team this season, and has made 38 appearances in all competitions for the Yorkshire giants.