March 20, 2018 / 10:17 AM / 8 months ago

Soccer: Bournemouth's Cook rules out jitters ahead of England 'dream'

Soccer Football - Premier League - AFC Bournemouth vs Newcastle United - Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth, Britain - February 24, 2018 Bournemouth's Lewis Cook and Dan Gosling during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

(Reuters) - Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook is confident he can overcome the jitters and make the most of his England debut if given the chance to play in the team’s upcoming international friendlies.

The 21-year-old, who captained the England youth team to the under-20 World Cup title last year, was named in manager Gareth Southgate’s squad for the friendlies against Netherlands on Friday followed by Italy four days later.

“There are always a few nerves but I think I’m just excited. If I get the chance to play, I am going to give my all for the team and try to implement my style of play and adjust to how they play as well,” Cook is quoted as saying by the Bournemouth Echo.

“I have a lot of learning to do but I have to enjoy it as well.”

Cook was previously called up to England senior team for a friendly against Brazil in November but did not play in the stalemate.

The midfielder says he is focused solely on making a mark in the friendlies rather than worry about his chances of being selected to play in the World Cup finals in Russia in June.

“If I get the chance to play in these games, I need to do what I do here and enjoy it,” Cook added.

“If (going to the World Cup) happens, it happens but I am focused on this camp now and giving my all.”

Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; editing by Amlan Chakraborty

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