Ben White named in England’s World Cup squad

Ben White has been named in Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, it has been revealed.

Arsenal defender White, 25, has won four caps for his country.

He was named in England’s Euro 2020 squad as a replacement for Trent Alexander-Arnold due to an injury at the Liverpool right-back, but did not feature during the tournament.

Following a £50m move from Brighton & Hove Albion in the summer of 2021, White made 18 appearances in all competitions for Premier League leaders Arsenal.

Arteta has deployed White at right-back this season, after previously playing him at centre-back, and his positional versatility has clearly impressed Southgate.

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White began his career on the South Coast and was released by Southampton’s academy early in his career, before being picked up by Brighton and excelling on loan at Leeds United in 2019-20.

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

England’s 26-man squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which is controversial for reasons set out in this article, will be formally announced by the Football Association later on Thursday.

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FIFA’s deadline for final confirmation of World Cup squads is Monday – so Southgate will watch this weekend’s Premier League action and pray his 26-man squad emerges unscathed.

Tottenham boss Antonio Conte will already be worried after England captain Harry Kane said he was “very tired” after starting Wednesday’s Carabao Cup loss at Nottingham Forest.

Kane, who came on before the hour mark, has started all 21 of Tottenham’s games this season in all competitions. He played the full 90 minutes in both of England’s Nations League games in September.

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

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Chilwell picked up a knee injury playing in the Champions League, while “disaster” 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 USA on November 25 and Wales on November 29 in Group B.

Southgate hopes to end England’s long wait for silverware after narrowly missing out on the World Cup in Russia and the European Championship final where they lost to Italy last summer.

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

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