ARSENAL DEFENDERWHITE MAKES ENGLAND RETURN
Arsenal defender Ben White has returned to the England squad for the first time since the Euro 2020 tournament last summer after he was named on the 25-man squad for the upcoming international friendlies against Switzerland and Ivory Coast. The Gareth Southgate-led England team will take on the Swiss and Ivorian teams later this month.
Former Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion centre back White made the Euro 2020 squad as a replacement forthe injured Trent Alexander-Arnold who plays his club football for Merseyside giants Liverpool. White was part of the England team to Euro 2020 as previously established, but he didn't play a single minute.
White was a Brighton player when he was given the chance to impress for England by manager Gareth Southgate. He got the opportunity after a very good first season for the Seagulls in the Premier League. The defendersigned for North London giants Arsenal shortly after the Euro 2020 in a £50m deal. His Arsenal career started with a shaky defensive performance in a 2-0 away defeat to newcomers Brentford in what was the first match of the current Premier League season. White has since recovered from a poor start to establish himself as an important player for the Gunners forming a potent centre back partnership with Brazilian star Gabriel Magalhaes.
Southgate had not called up White to the England squad since the Euro 2020tournament last summer until the latest 25-man squad for the friendlies againstfellow Europeans Switzerland and African team Ivory Coast. White is one of four Arsenal players in the latest England squad alongside Emile Smith-Rowe, Bukayo Saka and Aaron Ramsdale.
Its not surprising that four players from Arsenal are in the England squad as they are one of the form teams in the Premier League over the course of the last month. They had won their last five league games until the 2-0 home defeat to Liverpool on Wednesday.