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Mainoo 'made real case' to be in Euro squad

Kobbie Mainoo became the third-youngest Manchester United player to start for England, behind Duncan Edwards and Marcus Rashford
Kobbie Mainoo became the third-youngest Manchester United player to start for England, behind Duncan Edwards and Marcus Rashford

A few months ago, only a few people knew the name Kobbie Mainoo. Now, the 18-year-old is in the mix to play for England at Euro 2024.

The Manchester United midfielder, who has made only 23 appearances in his first full season for the club, now has two senior England caps to his name.

After making his debut as a substitute against Brazil, Mainoo was handed a starting place by Gareth Southgate in Tuesday's friendly with Belgium.

"You just can't stop being impressed by this young man," said former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson on BBC Radio 5 Live's Football Daily podcast. "He's played less than 25 games for Manchester United but he's had an impact on Southgate and has been promoted into the first team."

Aged 18 years and 342 days, Mainoo became the third-youngest United player to start a game for England, behind Duncan Edwards(18y 183d) and Marcus Rashford (18y 209d).

"Quite often from an international point of view, we're guilty of promoting players too young and they don't even make it off the bench," added Robinson. "This isn't the case with Mainoo.

"He's come into the side and straight into the starting line-up. There might be players missing through injury but he's made a real case to be included in the Euro squad.

"He adds versatility to the midfield and he looked calm and comfortable with the ball."

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