Manchester United captain sends Kobbie Mainoo message after England call-up

England kick off their international break with a home meeting vs Brazil on Saturday, March 23.

The Three Lions have a pretty poor record against Brazil, beating them just four times across 16 international friendlies, but they are still 5/6 favourites with bet365 to win this weekend.

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Kobbie Mainoo handed England call-up

Ahead of the Brazil clash, Manchester United youngster Kobbie Mainoo has earned his first senior England call-up.

At just 18 years old, Mainoo has emerged as one of Manchester United’s standout performers this season and, in turn, has been rewarded by Gareth Southgate.

Speaking to England’s official X account, Mainoo revealed how Southgate told him he was set to link up with the senior squad: “Yeah, it’s a bit different! He told me to meet him in the reception and just told me I’ve been called up and I’m gonna be with the squad for the week. I don’t think it’s sunk in yet, but I’m excited.”

Manchester United captain Bruno Fernandes has since sent a message of support to the teenager, taking to Instagram to express his support: “Well deserved kid ❤️ @kobbie,” Fernandes wrote.

Josh Barker

Josh Barker

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