Kobbie Mainoo set to start against Belgium tonight

Kobbie Mainoo

KOBBIE Mainoo is set to make his first-ever start for England against Belgium at Wembley on Tuesday night.

Meanwhile, Ben Chilwell aims to prove himself again as the left-back.

Mainoo, an 18-year-old midfielder from Manchester United, made his debut against Brazil last Saturday.

He’s now on the brink of his first start for England after previously playing at the U19 level.

England’s midfield is expected to be energetic against Belgium, featuring young talents like 20-year-old Jude Bellingham, who recovered from cramps in the last game.

Declan Rice, 25, will captain the team in his 50th appearance, alongside Mainoo.

Chilwell, despite facing challenges against Brazil’s strong wingers, is likely to get another chance to show his worth for a spot in the Euro 2024 squad.

Joe Gomez is expected to be on the bench again but may get some playing time as a substitute.

England’s manager, Gareth Southgate, stressed the need to try out different full-back options, especially with Luke Shaw injured, raising doubts about his availability for both Manchester United and the upcoming international tournament in Germany this summer.