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Kobbie Mainoo lists FOUR favourite players ever including three Man Utd idols & a Brazil icon after ‘shock’ England call

KOBBIE MAINOO says it is his goal to gatecrash England’s Euros squad after a ‘whirlwind’ rise to Gareth Southgate’s senior squad.

The 18-year-old Manchester United midfield man is in with a chance of a Wembley debut against Brazil on Saturday or Belgium next Tuesday – after just 23 appearances for his club.

Kobbie Mainoo is hoping to earn a full England debut

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Kobbie Mainoo is hoping to earn a full England debutCredit: PA

And Mainoo said: “That’s the end goal for the season, to get into that (Euros) squad.

“I’ve got to focus on club football in the meantime, and hopefully that’ll figure itself out.

“Hopefully, we’ll have a good training camp and get two wins and hopefully I’ll get my first cap.

“There’s a lot of time between now and Germany. If I go back to my club and perform well and do what I need to do, then hopefully it’ll all align.

“It would be an honour to be able to make the plane.”

Mainoo was originally called up for England’s Under-21s for the first time last week but the Stockport-born teenager impressed during United’s epic 4-3 FA Cup quarter-final win over Liverpool and was fast-tracked into the senior Three Lions party.

And Mainoo said: “It’s been a pretty mad couple of days. Sunday was a great game and a great win, then to get called up to the Under-21s, then getting here and realising that I was with the first-team was amazing.

“I was shocked and happy and it’s been a whirlwind of emotions.

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“Gareth has been really good, really welcoming, made me feel comfortable here and told me what my role would be if I was to play.”

Mainoo has represented England at youth level but is still eligible to play for Ghana.

Kobbie Mainoo called up to England squad for first time as Man Utd wonderkid is late addition to Gareth Southgate’s camp

And he said: “I’m proud of my Ghanaian heritage, both my parents being from there.

“But being with England is an amazing opportunity and I’m enjoying it.”

Mainoo was a boyhood United fan but also names Brazil legend Ronaldinho as a favourite player.

Asked to name his heroes, Mainoo replied: “I’d say Wayne Rooney. Paul Scholes as well. And King Eric (Cantona). He was a bit before my time, but I still appreciate him.

“And Ronaldinho played with a smile on his face, and he played freely.

“I think everyone loves Ronaldinho. How can you not? I mean, he was a great player.”

“Brazil is such an iconic team and to play against them would be amazing.”

Paul Scholes and Wayne Rooney are both among Mainoo's favourite players

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Paul Scholes and Wayne Rooney are both among Mainoo’s favourite playersCredit: EPA
Eric Cantona retired eight years before Mainoo was born

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Eric Cantona retired eight years before Mainoo was bornCredit: Getty
Ronaldinho starred for Brazil, the team Mainoo could make his England debut against this Saturday

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Ronaldinho starred for Brazil, the team Mainoo could make his England debut against this SaturdayCredit: Getty

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