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Manchester United starlet Kobbie Mainoo, 18, has played just 20 minutes for England and he’s already claimed an honour before 80-cap legend Gary Lineker

  • Kobbie Mainoo made his senior Three Lions debut against Brazil on Saturday
  • He was handed a commemorative England legacy cap by Gareth Southgate 
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Teenager Kobbie Mainoo has played just 20 minutes for England and he’s already claimed an honour before 80-cap legend Gary Lineker.

The Manchester United midfielder continued his stunning rise by making his senior Three Lions debut against Brazil on Saturday.

The 18-year-old had made just 23 appearances for Erik ten Hag’s side before taking to Wembley in the 1-0 defeat.

Mainoo was handed a commemorative England legacy cap by Gareth Southgate to mark the occasion.

England adopted the tradition of legacy numbers to mark the team’s 1000th game in November 2019 – with debutants only receiving caps from September 2021 onwards.

Teenager Kobbie Mainoo has claimed an honour before 80-cap England legend Gary Lineker

Teenager Kobbie Mainoo has claimed an honour before 80-cap England legend Gary Lineker

The 18-year-old came off the bench late on to make his debut for England on Saturday night

The 18-year-old came off the bench late on to make his debut for England on Saturday night

England legend Gary Lineker attended the friendly against Brazil at Wembley

England legend Gary Lineker attended the friendly against Brazil at Wembley

As a result, hundreds of former England players have had to wait to receive for their historical exploits.

Alan Shearer was honoured with his own while in attendance at Wembley for the Brazil friendly, but former strike partner Lineker, who scored 48 goals in 80 outings for the Three Lions, is still without one.

Upon seeing a clip of Mainoo receiving his legacy cap, Lineker said on his Rest Is Football podcast, which he co-hosts with Shearer and Micah Richards: ‘The three of us all had a special treat on Saturday night.

‘We were all at Wembley for the England-Brazil game in the royal box and when I say treat, I’m talking about everything around the game. Not necessarily the game itself.

‘There was a special event to celebrate the life of Terry Venables and the Euro 96 squad he coached and our very own Alan Shearer even picked up his legacy England cap.

‘Tell us what that is Alan because I haven’t got one yet.

‘I didn’t even know it was a thing.’

Mainoo’s international career is now up and running, and he could be in line for his first start on Tuesday when England host Belgium in their final game before Southgate names his squad for this summer’s Euros. 

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