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“Exceptional”, “mature”, “calm”, Mainoo’s first tenure with England appeals across the Channel

If for some, a first start in the national team can be scary, for others, it can be synonymous with an (almost) perfect evening.

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“Exceptional”, “mature”, “calm”, Mainoo’s first tenure with England appeals across the Channel

If for some, a first start in the national team can be scary, for others, it can be synonymous with an (almost) perfect evening. This is the case for the young 18-year-old midfielder playing at Manchester United, Kobbie Mainoo. Called up with the England team for the first time in his young career for this last gathering of the Three Lions before the Euro, it did not take long for him to be established.

Aligned alongside Declan Rice in the English midfield, this Tuesday March 26 during the friendly match between England and Belgium (2-2), at Wembley, “the ace of Manchester United”, as he is nicknamed , demonstrated all his potential. His ease and ball coverage as well as his forward projections allowed him to stand out by receiving the man of the match trophy. After this first achievement, he received praise from Gareth Southgate. “We are absolutely delighted with what he has done, particularly in his ability to play in small spaces,” rejoiced the coach at a press conference.

Table of Kobbie Mainoo's statistics during England-Belgium.

“Many more to come! Bravo bro,” reacted Declan Rice on his X account (ex-Twitter) after the performance of his young compatriot. Jude Bellingham, who allowed England to snatch a draw in the final moments (95th), also spoke about Mainoo's first: “He was good tonight.”

In addition to its partners, the press also wanted to highlight the new jewel of the Three Lions. This is the case of the Daily Express and its journalist Mike Walters, who described the player as “exceptional”. An opinion shared by Sky Sports consultant and former England international, Gary Neville. “He’s a fantastic player. It looks like he has the world at his feet for the next 10 years,” he declared last February.

Satisfied with this gathering, Kobbie Mainoo must continue to prove himself at club level to hope to appear in Gareth Soughate's list and thus compete in the next Euro. A Euro in which England is among the favorites... with the French team.

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