Ian Wright Insists on Kobbie Mainoo’s Selection in Southgate’s Squad After Manchester United Breakthrough

Ian Wright Insists on Kobbie Mainoo’s Selection in Southgate’s Squad After Manchester United Breakthrough

Ian Wright, the football pundit, has emphasized the need for Manchester United’s rising star, Kobbie Mainoo, to be included in Gareth Southgate’s upcoming England squad.

Mainoo, an 18-year-old midfielder, has garnered attention for his breakthrough performances with Manchester United.

International Options Open for Mainoo: England or Ghana?

Despite holding the eligibility to represent both England and Ghana, Kobbie Mainoo has yet to make a definitive decision about his international career.

The Football Association (FA) remains confident about retaining Mainoo’s services, but the young player is yet to provide guarantees.

Competition for Mainoo: England and Ghana Eye the Rising Star

Ghana Football Association Board member, Randy Abbey, expressed hope in persuading Mainoo to switch his allegiance to the Black Stars.

While England manager Gareth Southgate observed Mainoo’s impressive performance in Manchester United’s recent matches, the competition for his international commitment continues.

FIFA Eligibility Rules in Focus

Under FIFA eligibility rules, players can change their nationality if they have only participated in friendlies, and those under 21 can switch after three years with fewer than three competitive matches.

Mainoo, having represented England at various youth levels, is at the center of attention for both nations.

Mainoo’s Role and Southgate’s Vision

Playing a pivotal role in Manchester United’s recent upturn in form, Kobbie Mainoo has predominantly featured in a defensive midfield position.

However, Gareth Southgate envisions him evolving into a box-to-box attacking player, placing him in the category of talents like Jude Bellingham and Phil Foden.

Upcoming Friendlies and Euro 2024 Preparation

As England prepares for Euro 2024, Southgate faces decisions regarding his squad composition.

The upcoming friendlies against Brazil and Belgium in March offer an opportunity for Southgate to explore options and finalize his squad for the tournament.

Twitter Announcement and Match Locations

Ian Wright conveyed his endorsement of Kobbie Mainoo’s inclusion via Twitter, emphasizing Mainoo’s maturity in chaotic conditions.

Southgate witnessed Mainoo’s 10th successive Premier League start in Manchester United’s win at Aston Villa, and the young talent continued his streak at Kenilworth Road against Luton Town.

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