Kobbie Mainoo: Man Utd midfielder receives first call-up to England squad for friendlies

Manchester United midfielder Kobbie Mainoo , aged 18, has received his first call-up to the England squad for the upcoming friendlies against Brazil and Belgium.

Mainoo,  was originally selected for the under-21s squad but has been elevated to Gareth Southgate’s senior side.

England play Brazil on Saturday and Belgium on 26 March – both at Wembley – their final games before Southgate names his squad for Euro 2024. The rest of the 26-man squad reported to St George’s Park on Tuesday.

United academy graduate Mainoo has been capped by England at under-17s, under-18s and under-19s level. The Stockport-born teenager made his first Manchester United start against Everton in November and has gone on to make a further 19 appearances.

Kobbie Mainoo
Kobbie Mainoo

He scored his first goal for the club in a FA Cup fourth-round win at Newport at the end of January, before netting a late winner against Wolves in the Premier League four days later.

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Newcastle forward Anthony Gordon and Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite were among the players to arrive at St George’s Park after earning their first senior call-ups. Brentford striker Ivan Toney features for the first time since completing an eight-month ban for breaching Football Association (FA) betting rules in January.

England squad

Goalkeepers: Sam Johnstone, Crystal Palace, Jordan Pickford , Everton, Aaron Ramsdale, Arsenal.

Defenders: Jarrad Branthwaite, Everton, Ben Chilwell, Chelsea, Lewis Dunk ,Brighton, Joe Gomez ,Liverpool, Ezri Konsa , Aston Villa, Harry Maguire, Man Utd, John Stones, Man City, Kyle Walker , Man City.

Midfielders: Jude Bellingham, Real Madrid, Conor Gallagher, Chelsea, Jordan Henderson, Ajax, James Maddison, Tottenham, Declan Rice, Arsenal, Kobbie Mainoo, Man Utd.

Forwards: Jarrod Bowen, West Ham, Phil Foden ,Man City, Anthony Gordon, Newcastle, Harry Kane, Bayern Munich, Cole Palmer, Chelsea, Marcus Rashford, Man United, Bukayo Saka, Arsenal, Ivan Toney, Brentford, Ollie Watkins , Aston Villa.

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