Cook out for the season

Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook has been ruled out for the rest of the season after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament.

The 21-year-old suffered the injury during his side's victory over Huddersfield in midweek and the extent of it was revealed by Cherries boss Eddie Howe who said that Cook would be out of action for between six and nine months.

Howe told the club's official website: "It is a huge blow to a very talented player who has been a very important part of our side over the last 18 months.

"But Lewis is a strong character who only has to look around our dressing room for inspiration of how an injury like this is merely a setback and to know that he can come back better than ever.

"He will have the full support and love of everyone at the club throughout the next few months as he receives the very best treatment and rehabilitation possible."

Cook has made 56 appearances for Bournemouth since joining the club from Leeds United in 2016.

His form with the Cherries had led to international recognition. He was captain as England won the Under-20 World Cup in 2017 and was called up to the senior squad by Gareth Southgate, winning his first cap in a friendly against Italy in March.

His injury is a severe blow to the Cherries who have enjoyed such a good start to the season; that win over Huddersfield taking them onto 23 points from 15 games and they are seventh in the table, above Manchester United.

They play Liverpool at home on Saturday and are 9/2 to inflict a first defeat of the season on Jurgen Klopp's side. Liverpool are 4/7 with the draw 16/5.

Bournemouth are 8/15 to finish in the top half of the Premier League while they are 14/1 to make the top six.

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England’s Young Stars Will Offer Exciting Betting Odds

Netherlands vs England

England head to the Netherlands as they prepare for their latest crack at World Cup glory and football betting fans should watch out for what’s ahead.

The Three Lions have a particularly interesting group coming to this friendly. They brought the young stars of the U20 World Cup-winning side alongside other promising young talents along for the ride. It will be interesting how these young guns will affect the betting tips of several tipsters. Bookies have England 2.81 Money Line odds, while their hosts are at 2.54 and the draw at 3.00.

The most notable youngsters in the delegation include Lewis Cook, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Marcus Rashford. Gareth Southgate may give these three a shot at the starting XI, but I think they’ll only be in the squad for the sake of experience.

The four-man strike force is majorly made up of 20-year-olds, so it will be up to Jamie Vardy to lead them and teach them tricks on how to succeed in front of goal. Ashley Young and Joe Hart also have similar responsibilities on the midfield and defence.

Meanwhile, this is a perfect time for Ronald Koeman to start his comeback on the right foot. He called up a lot of Premier League talent such as Nathan Ake, Georgino Wijnaldum, Daley Blind and Virgil can Dijk. Kevin Strootman and Steven Berghuis are also dangerous players that require specific instructions from Southgate.

If everything goes well, there should be no reason for the Flying Dutchmen not to take the victory at Amsterdam ArenA. However, the Netherlands and the rest of the World Cup participants better start praying if the future of English football plays and starts making noise in this game.

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Cook relishing England chance

Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook says he would love the opportunity to prove himself with England if given a chance to feature against the Netherlands on Friday.

The Cherries playmaker has enjoyed a strong campaign with the south coast outfit and managed to earn a call-up to the Three Lions squad last year but didn't feature in the goalless draw with Brazil.

Cook's form has continued to impress manager Gareth Southgate and the 21-year-old has been handed another opportunity for the upcoming friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy.

With a chance to earn his first cap this week, Cook is relishing the prospect of putting on the Three Lions stage and testing himself at the highest level.

When questioned if the occasion would overawe him, the former Leeds United starlet replied: "No, 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."

England are 15/8 to win, 9/4 to draw and 29/20 to lose to the Netherlands at the Johan Cruijff ArenA.

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