Kobbie Mainoo Almost Chose Ghana Over England, Manchester United Star Admits

Kobbie Mainoo Almost Chose Ghana Over England, Manchester United Star Admits

Chukwu Ikechukwu
June 19, 2024 at 10:32 AM
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  • Manchester United and England midfielder Kobbie Mainoo has admitted that he considered playing for the Black Stars of Ghana
  • The Red Devils star was born in England to Ghanaian parents and began his international career with England at the U-17 level
  • Mainoo is currently in Germany representing England’s Three Lions at the ongoing 2024 European Championship

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Kobbie Mainoo has recently admitted that he considered playing for the Black Stars of Ghana, his ancestral homeland, before ultimately choosing to represent England.

Born and raised in England to Ghanaian parents, the Manchester United midfielder who grew up in a culturally rich environment, was eligible to represent the Three Lions or Black Stars at the international level.

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Kobbie Mainoo made his first appearance in Euro 2024 after coming on as a substitute in England's 1-0 victory against Serbia. Photo by Richard Pelham.
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According to Complete Sports, Mainoo has affirmed his commitment to England after making his competitive debut for the Three Lions in the ongoing European Championship.

“I’m proud of my Ghanaian heritage but it has always been a dream to play for England. I’m happy to be here. I considered it, but I want to play for England.”

Mainoo came on in the second half against Serbia as England kicked off their Euro 2024 campaign with a win.

Why Mainoo chose England over Ghana

Meanwhile, Mainoo’s decision to represent England at international level was influenced by several factors, including his development within the English football system.

The opportunities provided by the England national teams, and the midfielder’s aspirations to compete at the highest levels of international football compelled him to snub the Black Stars for the Three Lions.

Representing Ghana would have connected Mainoo more closely with his heritage, but the Manchester United rising star prefers to forge his path with England where he believes he stands a better chance of winning major international titles.

Mainoo’s family watches Euro 2024 debut

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Mainoo shared a heartwarming moment with his sisters after making his debut for England at the 2024 European Championship in Germany.

The 19-year-old Manchester United midfielder came on as an 86th-minute substitute for match-winner Jude Bellingham, helping Gareth Southgate's side secure a 1-0 victory over Serbia at the Veltins Arena.

After the game, Kobbie chose to share his special moment with his family. He was seen with his two sisters, Ama and Efia, savouring the occasion.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..