Lewis Cook on lifting the World Cup for England

Tucked away inside a safe at his parents’ family home sits Lewis Cook’s World Cup winner’s medal and his most treasured possession.

During England’s summer of glory last year, the Bournemouth midfielder became the first Englishman since Bobby Moore to lift a World Cup. 

It was the Under 20 title rather than the Jules Rimet, but it is still his nation’s most significant international silverware since 1966.

Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook sat down with Sportsmail for an exclusive interview

Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook sat down with Sportsmail for an exclusive interview

Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook sat down with Sportsmail for an exclusive interview

Cook says he is at Bournemouth to learn because that is the only way he will improve

Cook says he is at Bournemouth to learn because that is the only way he will improve

Cook says he is at Bournemouth to learn because that is the only way he will improve

The 21-year-old is impressive on the ball and doesn't shy away from showing what he can do

The 21-year-old is impressive on the ball and doesn't shy away from showing what he can do

The 21-year-old is impressive on the ball and doesn’t shy away from showing what he can do

Cook was captain of a side that defeated teams such as Argentina, Mexico and Italy before eventually beating Venezuela in the final. He allows himself a moment of warm reflection.

‘My parents live in Yorkshire and they keep the medal in a safe,’ says the 21-year-old midfielder. ‘It is not on display. I don’t think it will sink in for a few years and maybe not until I’ve stopped playing.

‘It was an amazing day. We watched pre-match videos at the hotel from Gareth Southgate and Steven Gerrard. Then I gave the pre-match talk on the pitch in the huddle.

England won the Under-20 World Cup after beating Venezuela in last year's final

England won the Under-20 World Cup after beating Venezuela in last year's final

England won the Under-20 World Cup after beating Venezuela in last year’s final

‘My message was simple, “Play our own game, the biggest game of our lives, fight for England but, above all, enjoy yourself”.

‘To win it . . . it is crazy to be mentioned in the same sentence as Bobby Moore. It means I have achieved something significant. It is hard to put into words what it feels like to lift a trophy for England.

‘My family — parents, grandparents, my girlfriend . . . unfortunately not my dog — came out to South Korea. But really, it just makes me hungry for more. I always aim as high as possible, but I am nowhere near that yet. I need to keep improving.’

At Bournemouth this season, Cook has certainly improved. He moved to the south coast in a £6million deal (rising to £10m) from boyhood club Leeds United in the summer of 2016.

Cook has started games for Bournemouth this season as he has continued his development

Cook has started games for Bournemouth this season as he has continued his development

Cook has started games for Bournemouth this season as he has continued his development

He admits how he has had to learn to manage his time and even start cooking for himself

He admits how he has had to learn to manage his time and even start cooking for himself

He admits how he has had to learn to manage his time and even start cooking for himself

Yet Cook made only six Premier League appearances in his first season. He admits he needed to learn how to manage his time and cook for himself after moving down alone as a 19-year-old.

Cook is good at adapting. He says: ‘As a kid, I often played above my age group. I was 14 playing for the Under 18s at Leeds and 15 playing men’s football in the reserve team.

‘I remember there were two buses setting off at the same time — one to play Liverpool for the Under 18s and another to play TNS for the reserves. I walked on to the Liverpool bus and the coach, Neil Redfearn, told me to go and play for the reserves. It was a good introduction to men’s football.

‘I then went and played away at Bridlington, a non-League Yorkshire team. It was just big men trying to snap me! It was good experience.

Cook is good at adapting and has developed accordingly as he has grown older

Cook is good at adapting and has developed accordingly as he has grown older

Cook is good at adapting and has developed accordingly as he has grown older

He remembers time when he would come up against bigger players who tried to snap him

He remembers time when he would come up against bigger players who tried to snap him

He remembers time when he would come up against bigger players who tried to snap him

‘I had over 80 appearances under my belt in the Championship at Leeds as a teenager before signing for Bournemouth and it helps. We experience the other side of football. Not all pitches are perfect, sometimes it is rough and tumble.’

This season, Cook’s influence has grown in central midfield and he has been integral to Bournemouth’s recent revival, including a 2-1 home win over Arsenal and the 3-0 victory at Chelsea. He has settled into a dynamic midfield position and his progress has already been noted by Gareth Southgate, who called up Cook to the senior squad for the friendly against Brazil in November.

‘Last year was a big learning curve. If I wasn’t learning, I’d have been frustrated. At Leeds, I didn’t have a set position, I was attacking or sitting. Now I am getting the basics right, too.

‘I study videos of people like Paul Scholes — his range of passing and timing in the box — and then the leadership of Steven Gerrard.

‘I am also a midfielder who wants to run with the ball, carry it with purpose. Luka Modric and Isco are the best at that and they’re who I’m really watching now.

Cook is the first Englishman to lift a World Cup trophy since Bobby Moore in 1966

Cook is the first Englishman to lift a World Cup trophy since Bobby Moore in 1966

Cook is the first Englishman to lift a World Cup trophy since Bobby Moore in 1966

‘I feel I can really compete. Arsenal and Chelsea were two massive games and we won both. Nights like that are what we live for and you don’t forget them. It’s what football is about.’

Cook’s opportunities are starting to be mirrored by his Under 20 World Cup-winning team-mates. Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Jonjoe Kenny have become regulars at Everton, Kieran Dowell and Josh Onomah are excelling on loans at Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa and Ainsley Maitland-Niles is emerging at Arsenal.

Others, such as Dominic Solanke at Liverpool, have found chances harder to come by. Time will tell if England’s Under 17 World Cup winners are given their own breaks.

Cook was on the bench for England's friendly with Brazil in November last year at Wembley

Cook was on the bench for England's friendly with Brazil in November last year at Wembley

Cook was on the bench for England’s friendly with Brazil in November last year at Wembley

Cook is keen that a generation of such potential is not wasted: ‘Everyone in our squad was gifted and did really well. They all need a chance. It’s important and I’m sure they will take their chances.’

Bournemouth’s run has carried the club towards the relative safety of mid-table and a five-point cushion above the relegation zone.

After a two-week break, they start their run-in against Newcastle United on Saturday. Now on 31 points, how many wins do they need? He grins: ‘Win every game, then we will be all right.’

Another international break awaits at the end of March. Central midfield options are light for Southgate and he may be tempted to hand a younger man a wildcard. So is Cook dreaming of another World Cup?

‘It’s hard to think as I have only just been thrown in. It would be a massive achievement, once-in-a-lifetime, but I am hungry for these chances.’ 

Paul Pogba wants Jose Mourinho to show him some love

  • Paul Pogba started on the bench for Manchester United on Wednesday night
  • Youngster Scott McTominay was preferred in central midfield instead of Pogba 
  • It was the second time in four games that Pogba has been dropped to the bench
  • Pogba and Jose Mourinho’s relationship has taken a turn for the worse recently
  • Pogba’s camp have even begun sounding out Europe’s top clubs about a move 

Chris Wheeler for the Daily Mail

Paul Pogba wants more support from Jose Mourinho to help him through the most difficult spell of his Manchester United career.

United’s record £89million signing has fallen out of favour and was left on the bench when Mourinho selected Scott McTominay in midfield for the 0-0 draw with Sevilla in Spain on Wednesday night.

It is understood the 24-year-old Frenchman believes he has been harshly treated by Mourinho and wants to feel valued again.

Paul Pogba (centre) wants to feel valued again by Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho (left)

Paul Pogba (centre) wants to feel valued again by Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho (left)

Paul Pogba (centre) wants to feel valued again by Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho (left)

The club-record £89million acquisition has fallen out of favour with the Red Devils manager

The club-record £89million acquisition has fallen out of favour with the Red Devils manager

The club-record £89million acquisition has fallen out of favour with the Red Devils manager

Pogba started Wednesday night's Champions League last-16 0-0 draw at Sevilla on the bench

Pogba started Wednesday night's Champions League last-16 0-0 draw at Sevilla on the bench

Pogba started Wednesday night’s Champions League last-16 0-0 draw at Sevilla on the bench

Pogba’s camp have even begun sounding out Europe’s top clubs to see if there could be a buyer for the unhappy star this summer.

United would strenuously oppose any attempt by Pogba to leave only 19 months after he returned to the club from Juventus for a then world-record fee.

They do not want a repeat of the situation with Angel di Maria, who lasted just one season after signing from Real Madrid in a British record £59.7m deal before joining Paris Saint-Germain.

However, it is a sign of Pogba’s frustration that his agent Mino Raiola has taken the first steps towards assessing other options.

Pogba has previously demonstrated a readiness to walk away from United, having left to join Juventus in 2012.

It was the second time in four matches that Pogba was consigned to the substitutes bench

It was the second time in four matches that Pogba was consigned to the substitutes bench

It was the second time in four matches that Pogba was consigned to the substitutes bench

He had to watch on as 21-year-old Scott McTominay started ahead of him in midfield at Sevilla

He had to watch on as 21-year-old Scott McTominay started ahead of him in midfield at Sevilla

He had to watch on as 21-year-old Scott McTominay started ahead of him in midfield at Sevilla

But even if United were prepared to countenance selling a player who still has more than three years left on his contract, Raiola would have to find a club willing to pay a big transfer fee as well as his £200,000-a-week wage.

Real Madrid were linked with Pogba when he returned to United from Italy in the summer of 2016 and are among a handful of clubs capable of affording him.

However, they are understood to have made a priority of signing Chelsea duo Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois this summer, with goalkeeper David de Gea set to stay at United.

Mourinho recently dismissed speculation over Pogba’s future as ‘lies and bull***t’, and it is understood there is no appetite among the Old Trafford hierarchy to sell. 

The United manager is set to face more questions on Friday over Pogba’s prospects of returning to the starting line-up for the home Premier League clash against Chelsea on Sunday.

Pogba's camp have begun sounding out Europe's top clubs about a summer move for him

Pogba's camp have begun sounding out Europe's top clubs about a summer move for him

Pogba’s camp have begun sounding out Europe’s top clubs about a summer move for him

United look set to hold on to David de Gea - as Real Madrid look to Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois

United look set to hold on to David de Gea - as Real Madrid look to Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois

United look set to hold on to David de Gea – as Real Madrid look to Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois


Milan 1-0 Ludogorets (agg 4-0): Rossoneri ease through

David Wood for MailOnline

Sunderland loanee Fabio Borini continued his goalscoring streak as in-form AC Milan eased past Bulgaran side Ludogorets.

The 26-year-old Italian claimed his third goal in his past three games when he netted in the 21st minute at the San Siro on Thursday night.

Gennaro Gattuso’s side are now 11 matches unbeaten in all competitions and have kept clean sheets in five of their last six. 

More to follow 

 

Fabio Borini claimed his third goal in his past three games when he netted on Thursday

Fabio Borini claimed his third goal in his past three games when he netted on Thursday

Fabio Borini claimed his third goal in his past three games when he netted on Thursday

 

The 26-year-old Italian fired his effort past the Ludogorets goalkeeper in the 21st minute

The 26-year-old Italian fired his effort past the Ludogorets goalkeeper in the 21st minute

The 26-year-old Italian fired his effort past the Ludogorets goalkeeper in the 21st minute

 

 

Europa League last-16 draw guide for Arsenal and the rest

  • Europa League last-16 draw starts on Friday 23rd February at 12pm (GMT)
  • No seedings or country protection so last-16 will all be in the same bowl
  • Follow Sportsmail LIVE commentary of the Europa League draw on Friday 

Harry Olsen For Mailonline

With the Europa League round of 32 first and second leg now complete, we now look to the next stage of the European competition.

On Friday 23rd February, the Europa league last-16 draw will commence to determine who Arsenal, AC Milan, Atletico MadridBorussia Dortmund and the rest will face.

Sportsmail have compiled all the information you need to know ahead of the Europa League last-16 draw including dates, times, channel, who’s qualified and which teams were knocked out in the last-32.

Sixteen sides have made it one step closer to claiming the UEFA Europa League trophy

Sixteen sides have made it one step closer to claiming the UEFA Europa League trophy

Sixteen sides have made it one step closer to claiming the UEFA Europa League trophy

When and where is the draw?

The round of 16 draw will take place Friday 23rd February at 12:00(GMT) in Nyon, Switzerland.

For our European and American readers you can catch the action at 13:00 (CET) and 07:00 (EST).

Europa League Last-32 Casualty List

  • Celtic*
  • Napoli* 
  • Red Star Belgrade
  • Nice
  • Copenhagen
  • Ostersunds 
  • Ludogorets
  • Braga 
  • FCSB 
  • Astana 
  • Villarreal  
  • AEK Athens
  • Partizan 
  • Real Sociedad 
  • Spartak Moscow*
  • Red Bull 
  • Atalanta

Who’s qualified for the UEFA Europa League round of 16?

  • AC Milan
  • Arsenal
  • Borussia Dortmund*
  • Athletic Bilbao 
  • Atletico Madrid* 
  • Marseille
  • CSKA Moscow*
  • Dynamo Kyiv
  • Lazio
  • Lokomotiv Moscow
  • RB Leipzig*
  • Plzen 
  • Red Bull Salzburg
  • Sporting Lisbon*
  • Lyon
  • Zenit St Petersburg

*Transfer from Champions League

How can I watch the draw?

You can watch live coverage of the Europa League round of 16 draw on UEFA website or on UEFA’s social media channels via Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

You can get the latest updates from Sportsmail’s LIVE commentary, as the results of the draw are announced.

How does the Europa League round of 16 draw work?

There are no seedings for the draw and will all be placed in one bowl. First team picked from the draw will host the first leg of their last-16 tie.

All teams can face each other with the exception of Ukraine and Russia. 

When will Europa League last-16 start? 

The exact fixtures will be announced after the draw but they will be played on Thursday 8th and 15th March at 18:00(GMT) and 20:05(GMT).

Europa League Key Dates 
Matches Draws
Round of 16:
First Leg – Thursday 8th March 2018
Second Leg – Thursday 15th March 2018
Quarter Final Draw – Friday 16th March 2018
Quarter Final:
First Leg – Thursday 5th April 2018
Second Leg – Thursday 12th April 2018 
Semi Final Draw – Friday 13th April 2018
Semi Final:
First Leg – Thursday 26th April 2018
Second Leg – Thursday 3rd May 2018
 
Final:
Wednesday 16th May 2018
Venue:  Stade de Lyon, Lyon
 


Robin Goodfellow’s racing tips: Best bets for February 23

Sam Turner For The Daily Mail

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips ahead of Friday’s meetings at Warwick, Lingfield, Exeter and Wolverhampton. 

Sportsmail's racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips ahead of Friday's meetings

Sportsmail's racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips ahead of Friday's meetings

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips ahead of Friday’s meetings

Warwick

Robin Goodfellow

1.50 Lisdoonvarna Lad

2.25 Jaboticaba

3.00 Sparkling River

3.30 Knockgraffon

4.05 American Life

4.40 Capard King

5.10 Be That As It May

 Gimcrack

1.50 Lisdoonvarna Lad

2.25 Eolian

3.00 Sparkling River

3.30 Cobra De Mai

4.05 American Life

4.40 West Wizard

5.10 Megaboost

Lingfield

 Robin Goodfellow

2.10 Mimram

2.45 Krazy Paving

3.20 Rock On Baileys

3.50 Eljaddaaf

4.25 Perfect Illusion

5.00 Star Ascending

Gimcrack

2.10 Odds On Oli

2.45 Wild Flower

3.20 Rock On Baileys

3.50 Bobby Wheeler (nap)

4.25 Perfect Illusion

5.00 Star Ascending

Exeter

Robin Goodfellow

2.00 For Carmel

2.35 Drops Of Jupitor

3.10 Molineaux

3.40 Polly’s Pursuit

4.15 Pure Vision

4.50 Thomas Patrick (nb)

5.20 Summit Like Herbie

Gimcrack

2.00 Robert’s Star

2.35 Waiheke

3.10 Reikers Island

3.40 Kalahari Queen

4.15 Pure Vision

4.50 Yanmare

5.20 Fontsanta

Wolverhampton

Robin Goodfellow

5.45 Jessie Allan

6.15 Canford Thompson

6.45 Scuzeme

7.15 Sayesse (nap)

7.45 Rowlestonerendezvu

8.15 Daze Out

Gimcrack

5.45 High Anxiety

6.15 Mistress Viz

6.45 Stapleford

7.15 Spare Parts (nb)

7.45 Naralsaif

8.15 Super Florence

Arsenal 1-2 Ostersunds (4-2 agg): Wenger’s side progress

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Chambers, Holding, Kolasinac, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Mkhitaryan, Wilshere, Iwobi, Welbeck.

Subs: Monreal, Mustafi, Xhaka, Macey, Nelson, Nketiah, Willock.

Goals: Kolasinac 47

Ostersunds: Keita, Mukiibi, Papagiannopoulos, Pettersson, Widgren, Aiesh, Edwards, Nouri, Sema, Ghoddos, Hopcutt.

Subs: Tekie, Bergqvist, Abdullahi, Gero, Andersson, Mensah, Arhin, Islamovic.

Goals: Chambers own-goal 22, Sema 23

Referee: Ivan Kruzliak

 

 

 

Gennady Golovkin vs Canelo Alvarez rematch finalised

  • Canelo Alvarez fought to controversial draw in first fight with Gennady Golovkin
  • Now details of huge rematch have been confirmed for T-Mobile Arena in May 
  • First fight sold out in weeks and tickets are expected to move even quicker 
  • ‘It feels right that the rematch returns to the scene of the crime,’ said Golovkin

Will Griffee For Mailonline

Gennady Golovkin‘s hugely anticipated rematch with Canelo Alvarez has been confirmed for May 5 in the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas

Two of the world’s most lethal pugilists fought to a controversial draw last September and both desperately wanted a shot at one another again. 

Many felt Golovkin was robbed by the judges last year and he is delighted to attempt vindication in the same location as last time. 

New details for Gennady Golovkin vs Canelo Alvarez rematch have been finalised

New details for Gennady Golovkin vs Canelo Alvarez rematch have been finalised

New details for Gennady Golovkin vs Canelo Alvarez rematch have been finalised

The huge rematch will be taking place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on May 5

The huge rematch will be taking place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on May 5

The huge rematch will be taking place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on May 5

‘It feels right that the rematch returns to the scene of the crime,’ said Golovkin.

‘This time there will be no drama with a decision. I won the first fight and left the ring as world champion wearing all the belts. And I am going to win the second fight. It is going to be a record fight and a golden night for me and boxing at T-Mobile Arena.’

Canelo also expressed his satisfaction that the deal is done and the fight confirmed.  

‘I am happy to return for the fourth time at T-Mobile Arena for this historic rematch against [Gennady] Golovkin,’ said Cancelo.

‘I opened the doors of this place to the world of boxing, and it has become my favorite venue. This is where the fight started, and this is where I’ll end it by doing what I and my fans most desire: knocking him out.’

The two fought a controversial draw last September with both desperately wanting a rematch

The two fought a controversial draw last September with both desperately wanting a rematch

The two fought a controversial draw last September with both desperately wanting a rematch

Both fighters celebrated at the final bell thinking they had won the intensely-fought bout

Both fighters celebrated at the final bell thinking they had won the intensely-fought bout

Both fighters celebrated at the final bell thinking they had won the intensely-fought bout

Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar De La Hoya, said there is ‘nowhere better’ than the T-Mobile Arena to stage the huge rematch between the two.

‘There is no better place to host the historic rematch between Canelo and Golovkin than T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Las Vegas on a fight weekend during Cinco de Mayo is electric, and I know fans will travel from around the world to be here to participate in the celebratory atmosphere. 

‘Historic boxing matches like Canelo vs. GGG 2 belong in a place like Las Vegas, which offers fans the full and rich experience they are looking for on a big fight weekend.’

Conor McGregor says he will definitely fight again in UFC

  • Conor McGregor appears to be keen on UFC return sooner rather than later 
  • Irishman posted on Instagram asking for respect given his contribution to MMA  
  • He asked UFC if he could replace Max Holloway to face Frankie Edgar in March 
  • McGregor wrote: ‘On top of the fighting. I am here. It is on them to come get me’ 

Will Griffee For Mailonline

Conor McGregor emphatically shut down rumours he may never fight again, even revealing he attempted to step in on short notice for UFC 222 next month. 

The Irishman has not entered the octagon since November 2016 and after his huge payday for his foray into boxing against Floyd Mayweather, many questioned whether he would ever return. 

The Dubliner’s most recent Instagram post showed not only is the ‘Notorious’ going to fight again, but he is eager to lace up the gloves as soon as possible.

Conor McGregor posted this picture alongside a long message on his Instagram

Conor McGregor posted this picture alongside a long message on his Instagram

Conor McGregor posted this picture alongside a long message on his Instagram

McGregor has been training hard and wanted to step in and fight Frankie Edgar next month

McGregor has been training hard and wanted to step in and fight Frankie Edgar next month

McGregor has been training hard and wanted to step in and fight Frankie Edgar next month

Alongside a picture of himself with a turtleneck jumper pulled over his mouth he wrote: ‘I am fighting again. Period. I am the best at this.

‘I put my name forward to step in at UFC 222 to face Frankie Edgar when Max Holloway pulled out, but I was told there wasn’t enough time to generate the money that the UFC would need.

‘I was excited about bouncing in last minute and taking out the final featherweight, without all the rest of the stuff that comes with this game. 

‘Please respect the insane amount of work outside the fight game that I have put in. ‘On top of the fighting. I am here. It is on them to come and get me. Because I am here.

Yours sincerely,

‘The Champ Champ™.’

The Irishman has not fought in the octagon since 2016 and lost against Floyd Mayweather

The Irishman has not fought in the octagon since 2016 and lost against Floyd Mayweather

The Irishman has not fought in the octagon since 2016 and lost against Floyd Mayweather

UFC president Dana White had previously intimated that he expected McGregor to return no sooner than September. 

But his willingness to step in against Edgar, who now faces Brian Ortega on March 3, demonstrates a hunger for competition.

Any McGregor fight is a massively lucrative opportunity for both the Irishman and the organisation so it stands to reason his offer to step in on short notice was turned down. 

The lightweight champion is set to be stripped of his 155-pound title with Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson squaring off for the belt in April. 

So with no titles to his name there is an onus on McGregor to once again prove himself to the doubters. 

McGregor refers to himself as the 'champ champ' having won the belts at 145lbs and 155lbs

McGregor refers to himself as the 'champ champ' having won the belts at 145lbs and 155lbs

McGregor refers to himself as the ‘champ champ’ having won the belts at 145lbs and 155lbs

His remarkable rise has led to unrivalled riches in MMA but he is yet to defend a title in either division. 

McGregor clearly seeks the respect and remuneration he feels he is owed for elevating the UFC to new heights. 

It now seems his comeback is likely to be against the winner of Nurmagomedov vs Ferguson, giving the organisation long enough to promote what could be biggest fight in UFC history.  

RB Leipzig 0-2 Napoli (agg 3-3): Serie A side crash out

  • Napoli lost 3-1 in Italy last week and needed a big response in Germany  
  • Piotr Zielinski gave Napoli hope when he scored in the 33rd minute
  • Lorenzo Insigne added a second goal in the 88th minute as Napoli pressed 
  • RB Leipzig’s three goals in Italy, however, were enough to see them progress 

Reuters

Atletico Madrid 1-0 Copenhagen (5-1 agg) – Europa League

Atletico Madrid: 

Oblak, Sergi, Godin, Gimenez, Juanfran, Gabi, Koke (Saul), Vitolo, Torres, Gamerio (Thomas), Correa (Gaitan)

Unused subs: 

Moya, Vrsaljko, Montoro, Griezmann

Bookings: 

Goals: Gameiro (7)

Copenhagen: 

Andersen, Ankersen, Vavro, Luftner, Bengtsson, Thomsen, Kvist (Skov), Gregus, Fischer (Falk), Pavlovic, Pieros

Unused subs: 

Christensen, Matic, Roerslev, Holser, Wind

Bookings: 

Goals: