Ben White has earned a place in Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, it has been revealed.
Arsenal defender White, 25, has made four caps for his country.
He was named as England’s substitute Trent Alexander-Arnold for Euro 2020 following an injury to Liverpool’s right-back, but he did not make an appearance during the game.
White has made 18 appearances in all competitions for Premier League leaders Arsenal and has long established himself as Mikel Alter following a £50m move from Brighton and Hove Albion in the summer of 2021 The status of one of the tower’s most important players.
Arteta has deployed White at right-back this season, having previously played at centre-back and his versatility in the position has clearly appealed to Southgate.
White started his career on the south coast, being released by Southampton academy at the start of his career, but was later selected by Brighton and enjoyed a stellar 2019-20 season with a loan spell at Leeds United.
He then returned to Brighton as a key player for the Premier League side, securing a place in England’s Champions League and a place in Southgate’s England squad at Euro 2020.
England’s 26-man squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is controversial for the reasons described in this article, and the Football Association will officially announce it later on Thursday.
The deadline for FIFA to finally confirm the World Cup squad is Monday – so Southgate will be watching this weekend’s Premier League and praying that his 26 players are unscathed.
His concerns have already begun to emerge after Tottenham boss Antonio Conte said England captain Harry Kane was “very, very tired” following Wednesday’s Carabao Cup loss at Nottingham Forest.
Kane was substituted before the game and started all 21 of Tottenham’s games this season. He also played the full 90 minutes in two England Nations League games in September.
England, meanwhile, will be without Chelsea duo Ben Chilwell and Reece James.
Chilwell suffered a knee injury in the Champions League and a “devastated” James confirmed his absence earlier this week after speaking to Southgate.
England start 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 hopes to end England’s long wait after a near miss at the World Cup in Russia and a run to the European Championship final last summer, where they lost to Italy.
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