By Coral Barry
Lewis Cook has admitted his England call-up will add more to his already heavy workload.
The midfielder has been named in the under-19s squad for the European Championship elite fixtures in Spain next week.
Cook has already played 37 times for Leeds this season in all competitions and will forfeit his week off to link up with the international team at the weekend.
Talk of a late promotion push has begun to creep into discussions around Leeds after three successive league wins, but the 19-year-old is adamant his international duty will not interfere with his sparkling form for the Whites.
“You don’t go away too much, it is more towards the end of the season,” said Cook when asked how he manages the increased workload by Leeds’ official website.
“It’s not as hard to balance it, but it adds a few more games.
“Especially when you are already playing quite a few games, it’s quite hard.
“But it’s always good representing England and you can never say no really.”
Cook’s performances this season have steadily improved and the youngster has firmly established himself as one of the first names on the Whites’ teamsheet.
The midfielder’s form has also attracted the gaze of the England’s biggest clubs with Manchester United reportedly keen on capturing his signature.
Leeds could make a real statement of intent with a win against Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield on Saturday and Cook has stressed he is equally committed to club and country.
The Leeds academy graduate said: “I’ve just got to do well for my club each week and then do the same for my country when I go away with them.
“I’ve got to keep working hard, playing my football and trying to be consistent. I’ve also got to enjoy it.”