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Man Utd news: Social media reacts to Kobbie Mainoo’s full England debut

Cameron Smith
Kobbie Mainoo, England, 2023/24
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Kobbie Mainoo was handed his first senior England start against Belgium on Wednesday night, having made his international debut versus Brazil just days prior.

The Manchester United youngster is still only 18 years old, however he has become an integral member of Erik ten Hag’s squad at club level and he has been tipped for a place in England’s squad for this summer’s European Championship in Germany.

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He was initially omitted from the Three Lions’ team for the March international break, but Gareth Southgate soon rectified this decision, despite no injuries at the time, and Mainoo was called up.

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Mainoo played the final 15 minutes against Brazil on Saturday before earning a start alongside Declan Rice on Tuesday.

Mainoo has been widely praised for his first-half performance at Wembley, which included several nice turns and passes, including a pivotal role in Ivan Toney’s equaliser.

Fans on social media were quick to praise the 18-year-old following his first-half display against Belgium.

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What has Harry Maguire said about Kobbie Mainoo?

Harry Maguire, Mainoo’s team-mate at Man Utd and now England, was eager to praise the youngster upon his inclusion in the Three Lions’ senior squad.

The former Leicester City man said: “It’s incredible he’s (only) 18, he’s so mature. He’s a bit like Jude [Bellingham] was when he was a young boy. He’s got a mature head on his shoulders. I had no concerns.

“I see day in, day out his ability in training. He just wants to work hard and do well. I congratulated him, said he deserved it, keep it up, and make sure he enjoys himself.

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‌”He’s got everything, he can handle the ball brilliantly. He’s really strong, powerful, and you can see the progression to play that role, especially for Manchester United.”

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