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'Happy to put him on at any moment' - Southgate on Mainoo

Kobbie Mainoo playing for England
Kobbie Mainoo playing for England

England boss Gareth Southgate says Kobbie Mainoo is ready to start for England after making his international debut against Brazil on Saturday.

The 18-year-old has been a shining light for Manchester United this season and received a late call-up for the Three Lions after originally being named in the under-21 squad for this window.

Before England host Belgium on Tuesday, Southgate said he has already demonstrated his faith in the teenager.

"We put him in the team as the game went on the other day - when it was 0-0 against Brazil," said Southgate. "That would suggest we would be happy to put him on the pitch at any moment.

"We will be mindful of how quickly we go with a young player. Part of the opportunity is scarcity of options in that area of the pitch - the other part is he is playing extremely well and developing extremely well with his club.

"He has settled into our group with no problems at all and he looks completely at home."