Kobbie Mainoo: Manchester United Star Explains Why He Snubbed His African Origin for England

Kobbie Mainoo: Manchester United Star Explains Why He Snubbed His African Origin for England

Babajide Orevba
May 26, 2024 at 9:46 AM
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  • Kobbie Mainoo inspired Manchester United to a 2-1 win over Manchester City in the FA Cup final
  • The talented teenager opted to play for England at the international level, ditching his African roots
  • He has explained that his family members did not interfere in his choice of senior national team

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Incredible Manchester United youngster Kobbie Mainoo has disclosed that his family members support his decision to play for England.

The 19-year-old was born in Greater Manchester to Ghanaian parents and was eligible to play international football for either England or Ghana.

Despite his African heritage, the midfielder ditched the Black Stars and went on to make his debut for the Three Lions.

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Kobbie Mainoo opted to play for England despite his Ghanaian roots. Photo credit: Visionhaus.
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He had previously represented England at youth levels, and his impressive performances earned him a spot in Gareth Southgate’s provisional squad for Euro 2024.

Addressing possible pressure from family members, the teenager stated that his family members support his decision. He said, as per Ghana Soccernet:

“Maybe distant family when I’m in Ghana give me a bit for it. But, no, they all support me in my decision.”

Mainoo made the headlines when he netted a sensational goal in Manchester United's 2-1 win over Manchester City in the FA Cup final.

He played a crucial role in helping Erik ten Hag's side to secure the prestigious title, highlighting his growing influence at the club.

His decision to play for England adds to the growing list of impressive players with dual nationalities who chose to represent the Three Lions.

Mainoo will now focus on making England's final squad to the summer games and will hope to make significant contributions on the international stage.

Ten Hag hails Mainoo

Sports Brief earlier reported that Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is confident that Mainoo can cope with the hype of being proclaimed a rising star for club and country. The manager said:

"It's great for the academy of Manchester United that they bring up a player so young going into the national team. That is a big compliment for the whole club."

Mainoo has also been a rare shining light this season for United, becoming a key member of Ten Hag's midfield since making his first Premier League start in November.

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Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.