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Kobbie Mainoo 2/7 to make England's Euros squad after Player of the Match award against Belgium

After his Player-of-the-Match performance against Belgium, Kobbie Mainoo has been cut to 2/7 to make England’s Euros squad.

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The teenager’s breakout season has gone from strength to strength and barring injury, it’s hard to see Mainoo being omitted from the squad.

Mainoo didn’t make his first Premier League start until late November, scoring his first goal in a dramatic 4-3 win over Wolves two months later. He was then called up to the England squad for the first time in March and has now won Player of the Match on his first start in what has been a truly meteoric rise.

Mainoo missed the start of Manchester United’s season following an injury picked up in pre-season, but looked at home in what a hugely dysfunctional midfield as soon as he returned to fitness, and is now one of the first names on Erik ten Hag’s team sheet – he may well be one of the first names on Gareth Southgate’s come the summer.

Mainoo impressed in his cameo appearance off the bench against Brazil and was superb in making his first start against Belgium.

Despite being just 18 years of age, Mainoo shows a poise and guile of someone who’s spent a decade at the top level as opposed to someone who’s made just 14 Premier League starts, and he presents a crucial option to Southgate.

While a midfield duo of Declan Rice and Trent Alexander-Arnold may be preferred in games where England will dominate possession, Rice and Mainoo may be Southgate’s best pairing in games where more solidity is needed in midfield.

It was a mixed bag for England’s fringe players in their two friendlies. While the likes of Ben Chilwell, Lewis Dunk, Ezri Konsa, Jarrod Bowen and Ivan Toney were all given starts against Belgium, there’s only really Mainoo who’s put forward a strong case to start against Serbia on 16th June.

bet365’s Steve Freeth said: "Kobbie Mainoo was the big winner in his Euros audition, shortening from 1/2 to 2/7, having been as big as 20/1 in January.

"Ollie Watkins has been eased out from 1/5 to 2/5 after blanking against Brazil, with Lewis Dunk out to 8/11, while Ivan Toney is in to 4/6 as the battle to be Kane’s deputy heats up.

"After suffering a lengthy injury that jeopardised his season, Nick Pope has a prayer of returning to the fold with the news of Sam Johnstone's season-ending injury. The Newcastle stopper is in from 6/4 to 4/7."

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