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        2024/07/09 11:03

        Debates regarding the balance of England's midfield have been a defining feature of the Three Lions' run to the last four of Euro 2024, but with a clash against Netherlands on the horizon teenage midfielder Kobbie Mainoo Mainoo appears to have solved the conundrum. 

        Manchester United ace Mainoo only made his first Premier League start last November, in a 3-0 win over Everton, However, he has already established himself as a key man in the Red Devils' engine room, and the 19-year-old's growing influence was underlined by his goal in United's 2-1 win over Manchester City in the FA Cup final at Wembley in May. 

        Selected in Gareth Southgate Southgate's 26-man squad for these Euros, Mainoo has had to bide his time for a place in England's starting XI, but after ousting Trent Alexander-Arnold and Conor Gallagher in the midfield berth next to Declan Rice, the teenager has started both of the Three Lions' games in the knockout phases. 

        An edgy extra-time victory over Slovakia in the last 16 was followed last weekend by a penalty shoot-out win over Switzerland, and now Mainoo is almost certain to start against Ronald Koeman's Netherlands in England's huge semi-final encounter on Wednesday. 

        Referred to as 'Young General' by his team-mate Jude Bellingham Bellingham after the win over the Swiss, Mainoo's maturity and composure have been impressive in Germany and there is one statistic in particular that highlights the level of control he has offered England during these Euros. 

        In fact, with a pass completion percentage of 96%, Mainoo has the highest success rate of any midfielder to play 200+ minutes at the tournament, even ahead of Germany's (now-retired) metronome Toni Kroos (95%). 

        It's an impressive statistic and one that bodes well for the Three Lions, especially given that Mainoo's midfield partner Declan Rice Rice (94%) is also one of the most reliable passers at Euro 2024. 


        Market value
        48.00 M €
        Kobbie Mainoo
        Born/Age2005-04-19(19 -yrs-old)
        PositionMidfielder (Centre Midfielder)


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        2024-07-09 13h21m by hturnerford
        Mainoo has definitely stepped up in England's midfield and proved himself as a key player. His goal in the FA Cup final was just a glimpse of his potential. So glad to see him starting in the Euros and making an impact.
        2024-07-09 12h54m by ocollinsworth
        Mainoo has been a revelation for England in the
        2024-07-09 12h45m by awalkerson7
        As an England fan, I've been impressed with Mainoo's performance in the midfield. He's proved to be a key player for Manchester United and now for the Three Lions. Glad to see him starting in the knockout stages.
        2024-07-09 12h07m by sjacksons_9_2_1
        As a football fan, I have to admit that Mainoo has exceeded my expectations in England's midfield. His performance against Netherlands was outstanding and he has definitely solved the conundrum. Can't wait to see more from this talented teenager!
        2024-07-09 11h42m by omitchellsonjones
        Mainoo has been a game-changer for England's midfield in
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