According to sources, Rico Lewis, a versatile young talent for Manchester City, will make his full international debut for England on Monday night.
Since making his regular debut in Pep Guardiola’s first team after the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the 18-year-old has experienced a stratospheric ascent in the senior game. He eventually forced Joao Cancelo, a mainstay option, out of the starting lineup.
Under the Catalan coach of Manchester City, Rico Lewis has played a variety of positions. He has started games as a typical right-back, an inverted full-back alternative positioned in defensive midfield, a left-back in specific situations, and most recently, an attacking midfield player.
Rico Lewis may have achieved the peak of his career thus far due to his adaptability and the last 12 months of improvement under Pep Guardiola; he is supposedly on the verge of becoming the greatest player in senior international football.
That’s according to Sam Brookes of MailSport, who says that Rico Lewis will make his debut on the international scene for England on Monday night when they play North Macedonia in their last Euro 2024 qualifying match.
After Kieran Trippier of Newcastle United withdrew on Sunday due to a “personal matter,” Gareth Southgate does not have a designated left-back in his Three Lions squad for the match. The England manager is now “likely” to resort to Lewis of Manchester City as a backup.
Rico Lewis, a Manchester City talent who has won a record Treble and the UEFA Super Cup in the past 12 months, would become England’s 20th youngest debutant if he makes his senior international debut on Monday night.
Decision-makers at the Etihad Stadium recognized Lewis’ rapid ascent through the ranks of the Manchester City first team in August, and the Academy graduate signed a new, better contract that would last until the summer of 2028.
Rico Lewis said to official outlets after inking his new contract, “It’s a dream come true. It’s been an incredible year.” As a childhood supporter of Manchester City, I can recall witnessing us win championships, and it has always been my dream location.
“It’s amazing to know I’ll be here until 2028, and I can’t wait,” he said. This is my opportunity to pursue my passion, put forth my best effort to improve, and contribute more to Manchester City. I’m rather pleased.
“I have been offered a new contract at the club I love and have played for my entire life, as well as the opportunity to play for a team that has won the Treble.”