Man Utd star Kobbie Mainoo responds to England boos after ‘not ready’ claim

Kobbie Mainoo, a wonderkid for Manchester United, is adamant that England must show themselves in the wake of their heartbreaking loss to Iceland.

At Wembley on Friday night, the Three Lions were defeated 1-0 by Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson’s excellent goal, which was more than enough for the visitors. Following a loss, England will now travel to Germany for the Euros.

They have only won one of their last five games going into the competition next week, which is a troubling run of form for them. A few even jeered Gareth Southgate’s team as they left the pitch, indicating that the fans were not happy.

Mainoo, 19, was granted his third cap for the side during the game. The Man United midfielder believes England now have plenty to prove to supporters. Asked if the defeat to Iceland had impacted the atmosphere in the dressing room, he responded: “Not at all!

“We know the quality we have in the changing room and now we just have to show the fans we’re good enough and we can compete in Germany. I think going into a tournament after a loss can be a good thing. We’ve got a point to prove now to ourselves really because we know we’re better than that and play a lot better football.

“It was humbling and we have to come together now. We’ve got a chip on our shoulder and have to come together and have the motivation now to go into that first game and prove a point.

“I think so if we’re not winning we’re learning. Any chance to learn is a good opportunity and better now than in nine days.”

Mainoo will hope to have done enough against Iceland to earn a starting berth at the Euros. The Man United starlet has been named in the Three Lions squad for the tournament after an impressive breakout season.

However, former Liverpool star Graeme Souness has claimed that the youngster is not ready to be in the squad. “You’ve got the young boy Mainoo coming through,” ex-Crystal Palace Simon Jordan asked his podcast co-host. Souness took little time to respond and said: “Not ready yet… you would say [to] play for England?”

England kick off their Euros campaign next Sunday against Serbia. They then take on Denmark and Slovenia in their following two group games and will certainly hope to do enough to secure a spot in the knockout rounds.

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