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Cherries allow Cook to start his World Cup preparations

Burnley 1 Bournemouth 2

By Eleanor Crooks

Eddie Howe confirmed Bournemouth left out Lewis Cook from the squad against Burnley with the anticipation of an England call-up in mind.

The 21-year-old midfielder has been involved in Gareth Southgate's last two squads building up to the World Cup finals in Russia and made his debut against Italy in March.

Howe said: "He's had a lot of games, a lot of exposure, a lot of pressure placed upon him. We just wanted him to be free of that for a little bit longer so we sent him away, he's abroad, to try and make sure he doesn't suffer from burn-out maybe next season."

Bournemouth finished the campaign on a winning note, with substitute Callum Wilson netting in stoppage time to give the visitors a 2-1 victory after Josh King had cancelled out Chris Wood's opener.

The three points ensured Bournemouth finished in 12th place in the Premier League table, 11 points clear of the relegation zone.

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