ANOTHER England cap is not currently at the forefront of Lewis Cook’s mind – but the Cherries midfielder admits that playing in the Premier League can do his international chances no harm.

A one-time senior international thanks to a substitute appearance against Italy in 2018, Cook boasts the distinction of being the first player to captain England to World Cup glory since Sir Bobby Moore back in 1966.

Cook, alongside current teammate Dom Solanke, wore the captain’s armband as England lifted the under-20s World Cup in South Korea.

With some solid displays in midfield for Cherries, a return to the Premier League could boost his chances of returning to the Three Lions.

As this year’s World Cup takes place in winter rather than the traditional summer slot, there is the potential that a strong start back in the top-flight could catapult Cook into contention for a spot in Gareth Southgate’s squad.

When asked if playing in the Premier League was a pre-requisite for an England call-up, Cook responded: “Well, I think so, yeah.

“I think most players that get into the England team in Premier League, or obviously different leagues in the world.

“But that’s something again, I don't really think about that stuff. Once you're doing well for your club, that kind of helps you in that sense anyway.”

Rubbing shoulders with internationals week-in, week-out, is a challenge Cook is looking forward to, and the 25-year-old believes his viewpoint is shared by his teammates.

“It's the best league in the world, in my opinion,” the former Leeds United man added.

“So it's somewhere where we all want to be and test ourselves.

“It's something you want to test yourself at.

“Obviously, I was there before and it was great. It was a great experience.

“And it's somewhere where I want to be personally, and a lot of the lads do as well.”