Arsenal Star Makes Confident Prediction About Kobbie Mainoo After First England Cap

Arsenal midfielder Declan Rice is predicting that Kobbie Mainoo will get “many more” England caps in the future.

The Manchester United star made his debut for the Three Lions in the 1-0 defeat to Brazil in a friendly on Saturday evening. Mainoo took to Instagram after the match to express his delight at making his first appearance at international level:

“Special feeling making my senior England debut at Wembley and in front of my family. A moment I will never forget. Now we bounce back and refocus for Tuesday.”

Rice then replied: “Many more to come! Congrats bro.”

Mainoo came on for a brief cameo

The 18-year-old didn’t have long to make an impression, with manager Gareth Southgate sending him on in place of Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher for the final 15 minutes against Brazil.

Mainoo didn’t look particularly nervous or out of his depth, and he looked confident on the ball even though it was a very big moment for him. He had 21 touches in total and did not misplace a single one of his 20 passes.

The United player could still play for another country in the future

As Mainoo has only made a friendly appearance for England, it means he is still eligible if Ghana call him up.

The Black Stars have expressed interest in the midfielder in recent weeks but it must be said that Mainoo appears to be focused on playing for the Three Lions at this stage.

He has played for the country of his birth at every youth level and he also accepted the call-up with no hesitation when Southgate drafted him into his senior squad before the Brazil game last week.

After getting his first taste of international football at the weekend, Mainoo will be keen to get more minutes when England face Belgium on Tuesday evening.

David Tully

David Tully

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