Steve Evans’ appeal for Leeds star Lewis Cook to be rested for England’s under-19 side has been rejected by boss Aidy Boothroyd.

Evans asked England to allow the 19-year-old to sit out of the nations’ three qualifying games for the under-19 European Championships later this year but instead Boothroyd played the youngster in all three games as the Three Lions secured qualification with a 2-0 win over Spain last night.

Cook has only missed three league games for the Whites all season and was dropped to the substitutes bench in the 4-1 defeat to Huddersfield to allow him to recuperate.

Evans told the Yorkshire Post: “Cook was on his knees after Blackburn. He’s scheduled for three games [for England], but I’ve already made a request that we don’t send this boy into three games.”

England played three games in five days against Georgia, Greece and Spain in the under-19 Euro 2016 elite qualifying ground.

Cook played the full 90 minutes in the wins over Georgia and Spain and came on as a 65th minute substitute in the 1-1 draw against Greece.

Leeds will be hoping to bounce back from their mauling by Huddersfield as they take on Rotherham on Saturday which will pit the Whites against their former manager Neil Warnock.


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