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Kobbie Mainoo explains decision to play for England over Ghana

Manchester United midfielder Kobbie Mainoo has opened up about his choice to represent England instead of Ghana. SportsRation reports.

The 19-year-old, who made his senior debut for England in March, was selected by Gareth Southgate for the Euro 2024 squad and made his first tournament appearance as a late substitute in England’s 1-0 win against Serbia.

Mainoo, whose parents are from Ghana, addressed the speculation about his national team allegiance. He expressed pride in his Ghanaian heritage but emphasized his lifelong dream to play for England.

“I am proud of my Ghanaian heritage and there was speculation, but, yeah, it has always been a dream to play for England. I am happy to be here. It was considered, but I wanted to play for England,” Mainoo said.

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The teen sensation also had great words for his club manager who reposed great trust in him during the 2023/2024 season.

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag will be staying at the club despite speculation around his future, and Mainoo says he owes a lot to the Dutchman, who gave him his Premier League debut and coached him through a breakthrough season which culminated in making the England squad.

“Happy to be building with him – got two trophies, hopefully there’s more to come,” added the teenager.

“It’s nice to have that peace of mind to know what manager we have when we go back in pre-season. I’m so grateful for him that he put so much trust and belief in me to play in the team.

“I can’t thank him enough,” Kobbie Mainoo remarked.

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