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Kobbie Mainoo 8/11 to make Euros squad after England call-up

After being called up to the England squad for the upcoming friendlies with Brazil and Belgium, Manchester United's Kobbie Mainoo has been cut from 2/1 to 8/11 to makes the Euros squad.

The 18-year-old missed the first two months of the season through injury, making his first senior start in the 3-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park, and while Alejandro Garnacho stole the headlines with his overhead kick, Mainoo was the star of the show.

Mainoo started United's next game but was dropped to the bench for their next two against Chelsea and Bournemouth, with manager Erik ten Hag presumably wary of giving the youngster too many minutes too soon.

But it quickly became apparent that Ten Hag needed the teenage sensation in his starting XI, and Mainoo has started all 12 league games since.

After a series of impressive displays, Mainoo scored one of the most important goals of Manchester United's season, with a superb solo effort securing a 4-3 win in stoppage time against Wolves.

bet365's Steve Freeth said: "An old head on young shoulders who has shone brightly in what was, until Sunday, a struggling Manchester United side and he'll now get the chance to show Gareth Southgate first hand what he has to offer."

Although he's yet to contribute much in terms of goals and assists, Mainoo is reminiscent of a teenage Phil Foden with the way he can carry the ball and beat opponents, showcasing his dazzling footwork against Liverpool at the weekend, taking Wataru Endo and Joe Gomez out of the game to set up what should've been United's second goal.

Mainoo also has composure way beyond his years and is crucial in Ten Hag wanting to play out from the back. Perhaps best deployed as a #6, Mainoo is always available to take possession from the defence and progress the ball forward, and while it's early days, he may be the perfect midfield foil for Declan Rice.

England fans have long criticised Southgate for his loyalty towards players who are either out of form or not even playing at club level, based on his loyalty towards them and their performances for the national side, but with Jordan Henderson moving to Saudi Arabia and Kalvin Phillips spending 18 months on Manchester City's bench prompting a thus far unsuccessful loan move to West Ham, calls have ramped up for fresh blood in the Three Lions' midfield.

Southgate finally omitted Phillips, admitting that his form hasn't been good enough, while Henderson will surely be added to the squad in a non-playing capacity - if he's included at all - considering the talent available to Southgate.

While England have a litany of wingers and attacking midfielders including Jack Grealish, Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, Jude Bellingham, Phil Foden, James Maddison, Cole Palmer, Jarrod Bowen and Anthony Gordon, the spot next to Rice in the heart of midfield still looks up for grabs.

It may be that Southgate uses Trent Alexander-Arnold depending on the opposition, while Curtis Jones and Conor Gallagher are options with different skill sets. Of course, it's not impossible Southgate opts for the tried and tested Phillips or Henderson.

But based on the last few months - and, indeed, the next 10 years - Mainoo looks to be the safest bet.

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