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Kobi Mainu has been drafted into England’s senior squad for the Three Lions’ upcoming friendlies against Brazil and Belgium.

Kobi Mainu has been drafted into England’s senior squad for the Three Lions’ upcoming friendlies against Brazil and Belgium.

 

The 18-year-old was among the star performers in United’s thrilling 4-3 Emirates FA Cup quarter-final win over Liverpool on Sunday, but was initially selected for England’s Under-21s.

 

National coach Gareth Southgate has now asked the academy graduate to join his 25-man squad.

The midfielder reported to St George’s Park on Tuesday alongside team-mates Harry Maguire and Marcus Rashford.

 

Both games will be played at Wembley Stadium, with Brazil visiting on Saturday 23 March (19:00 GMT) and Belgium on Tuesday 26 March (19:45 GMT).

The friendlies are England’s last matches before Southgate chooses his final squad for Germany and the summer’s European Championships.

Tara Mainu has represented England at under-17, under-18 and under-19 level, but now has the chance to earn a first senior international cap.

The list of England and homegrown United players since 2000 includes, for example, Dean Henderson, Michael Keane, Jesse Lingard and Danny Welbeck, as well as Mainu’s current club colleagues Marcus Rashford and Tom Heaton.

Congratulations, Kobe, and good luck

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