Kobbie Mainoo, the 18-year-old Ghanaian midfielder, played a pivotal role for England U19 in their recent fixtures. Starting in the midfield alongside Jacob Wright and Romain Esse, Mainoo contributed a solid 76 minutes in the first match against an opponent not specified, eventually making way for Jamie Donley.
Despite going two goals up in the first half through Wright and Will Lankshear, England found themselves drawn level at 2-2 soon after the restart.
The subsequent clash against Japan saw Mainoo starting from the beginning in a dramatic game. The team faced challenges but ultimately secured a dramatic last-minute victory with a Donley strike, maintaining England’s flawless record in Spain.
As England prepares for their final match against Mexico, it is expected that Mainoo will continue to be a key presence in and around the squad.
Additionally, 17-year-old goalkeeper Elyh Harrison, although unable to play, remains a notable talent within the England U19 setup, showcasing the depth of talent in the squad.
Despite being sidelined in recent matches, Harrison’s inclusion in the squad at his age is a commendable feat and bodes well for the future of English football.