Ben White named in England’s World Cup squad

Ben White has earned a place in Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, it can be revealed.

The 25-year-old Arsenal White defender has won four caps for his country.

He was named in England’s Euro 2020 squad as a replacement for Trent Alexander-Arnold after the Liverpool right-back suffered an injury, but he did not make an appearance during the tournament.

White made 18 appearances in all competitions for Premier League leaders Arsenal and has long established himself as one of Mikel Arteta’s most important players, following his £50million move from Brighton & Hove Albion in the summer of 2021.

Arteta has deployed White at right-back this season after playing him at centre-back, with his positional versatility clearly appealing to Southgate.

White started his career on the south coast and was released by Southampton academy early in his career, only to be picked up by Brighton and excel on loan at Leeds United in 2019-20.

He then returned to Brighton and became a key player for the Premier League side, earning both his place in England’s European Championship squad and a place in Southgate’s England squad. at Euro 2020.

England’s 26-man squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, whose hosting of the tournament is controversial for reasons outlined in this article, will be officially announced by the Football Association later on Thursday.

FIFA’s deadline for final confirmation of World Cup squads is Monday – so Southgate will be watching this weekend’s Premier League praying its 26 players emerge unscathed.

He will already be worried after Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte said England captain Harry Kane was “very, very tired” after starting Wednesday’s Carabao Cup defeat at Nottingham Forest.

Kane, who was withdrawn before the hour mark, has started all 21 games for Tottenham this season in all competitions. He also played the full 90 minutes in England’s two Nations League games in September.

England will be without Chelsea duo Ben Chilwell and Reece James.

Chilwell suffered a knee injury while playing in the Champions League while a ‘devastated’ James confirmed his absence earlier this week after speaking to Southgate.

England begin their World Cup campaign against Iran on November 21, before facing the United States on November 25 and Wales in their final Group B match on November 29.

Southgate are hoping to end England’s long wait for silverware after near misses at the Russian World Cup and last summer’s run to the European Championship final, which they have lost against Italy.

Follow live updates on England’s World Cup squad announcement here

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