Gary Lineker’s eight-word statement on England star Kobbie Mainoo speaks volumes

Gary Lineker has summed up Kobbie Mainoo’semergence at Euro 2024 in eight telling words. The young Manchester United midfielder was magnificent as England thrillingly defeated the Netherlands thanks to Ollie Watkins’ last-minute winner.

Mainoo has solved Gareth Southgate’s midfield dilemma which started with the botched experiment of playing Trent Alexander-Arnold alongside Declan Rice. Conor Gallagher came into the side for the final group game against Slovenia, only to be replaced by Mainoo at half-time.

The 19-year-old has started every game since, impressing with his calmness and positivity on the ball. His composure has stood out most for Lineker, who said on his The Rest is Football podcast:

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