Man Utd teenager Mainoo gets first England call-up

AFP , Tuesday 19 Mar 2024

Manchester United teenager Kobbie Mainoo has earned his first England call-up for their forthcoming friendlies against Brazil and Belgium.

Fulham s Harrison Reed, left, and Manchester United s Kobbie Mainoo challenge for the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Fulham at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024.(AP Photo/Dave Thompson)


Mainoo is emerging as one of United's brightest young stars in a breakthrough season for the 18-year-old.

Established in United's central midfield after 20 impressive appearances this term, Mainoo has been rewarded with a promotion to the England squad as they build towards Euro 2024.

Mainoo moved into Gareth Southgate's senior group having initially been named in the England Under-21 squad.

"Kobbie Mainoo has received his first call-up to the England senior squad," England's Football Association said in a statement said on Tuesday.

In their final matches before Southgate names his squad for the European Championship in Germany, England face Brazil at Wembley on Saturday and host Belgium on March 26.

Mainoo will get the chance to stake his claim for a seat on the plane to the Euros, with Southgate a long-term admirer of the youngster.

Speaking at the Nations League draw in February, Southgate said: "He's doing brilliantly. I'm not certain he's necessarily going to be a defensive midfielder, as such.

"He's quite a progressive player but he's had a fabulous start to his career and it will be good to monitor him as we go forward."

Mainoo joined United as a nine-year-old and made his debut in a League Cup game against Charlton in 2023.

His first United start came against Everton in November last year and he scored his maiden goal for the club in their FA Cup win at Newport in January.

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