Kobbie Mainoo’s emergence as a standout talent for Manchester United has not only captivated fans but has also caught the eye of England’s manager, Gareth Southgate.
Mainoo, who made a significant impact by scoring a memorable late winner against Wolves, marking his first goal in the Premier League, is now on the radar for a potential national team call-up.
Southgate, in discussions with TNT Sports, acknowledged Mainoo’s potential but suggested a possible shift from his current midfield role. “He’s doing brilliantly,” I’m not certain he’s necessarily going to be a defensive midfielder, as such.
He’s quite a progressive player but he’s had a fabulous start to his career, and it will be good to monitor him as we go forward,” Southgate said, indicating that Mainoo might not be pigeonholed as a defensive midfielder for England. The suggestion of a move to a more progressive, No.8 role underscores Southgate’s vision for the player’s versatile talents.
Since his ascension to Manchester United’s first team last year, Mainoo has shown promise across 13 appearances in all competitions, contributing two goals. His performances have sparked conversations among fans and pundits alike about his inclusion in the squad for Euro 2024, potentially lining up with talents such as Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham.
Despite the option for an international allegiance switch, an England cap seems increasingly likely for Mainoo, with Southgate closely monitoring his development. The upcoming friendlies against Brazil, Belgium, and Bosnia and Herzegovina present opportunities for Mainoo to make his mark before the tournament in Germany.
This interest from the national team aligns with Mainoo’s rapid rise in the club scene, further highlighting the midfielder’s promising career trajectory and the potential pivotal role he could play for both club and country.