England, Mainoo: “I’m here to win, I can’t let the limelight take me away”

Loudly demanded by fans and pundits of the English national team, finally Kobbie Mainoo has carved out a place for himself as a regular under Gareth Southgate. The young talent has emerged this season for Manchester United since starting against Slovenia in the last 16 of the Europeans he never left the field again, except for substitutions made during the match.

Now, with the Euro 2024 final achieved at the expense of Holland (2-1), a huge challenge for the trophy up for grabs awaits them against Spain by Luis de la Fuente. The 2005-born midfielder wanted to charge up the team by giving an interview to the microphones of the English Federation: “A victory in the final? That’s 100% the objective, that’s the only reason why we’re here. We’re not here to get to the final and then stop. We’re here to win and to write our name in history”, declared the charismatic 19-year-old of the Red Devils.

On the photo-finish victory against Holland last night: “A team performance, overall. Everyone gave it their all against a tough opponent and managed to win. What a finish from Ollie Watkins. What a great way to do things.” And from the match against Slovakia, Mainoo said he was happy with how his personal journey with the Three Lions in Germany: “I’m here to do a job for the team and I’m here to win. It’s a dream come true. I can’t let myself be caught up in the limelight. I have to put my head down and do my job,” she concludes.