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Ben White replaces Alexander-Arnold in England Euro squad

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Brighton defender Ben White has been called to replace the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold in England’s 26-man squad for Euro 2020.

Liverpool right-back Alexander-Arnold was ruled out of this summer’s tournament after he was forced off in the closing stages of last week’s 1 -0 friendly win over Austria with a thigh injury.

He was among those named in the provisional 33-man squad, has now
been selected by Gareth Southgate ahead of England’ s opener against Croatia at Wembley on Sunday.

The 23-year-old, who can play in defence and midfield, made his England debut against Austria and impressed on his first start in Sunday’s final warm-up game against Romania.

It was reported that White was called on his way home to the south coast at around 9.30pm on Sunday night by England boss Southgate, who told him personally he was being promoted.

The former Newport, Peterborough and Leeds player is said to be “fulfilling a boyhood dream” and is “as happy for his family as he is for himself.”

Reacting to the news on Twitter, he said: “Beyond proud and honoured! I’ll give it my everything.”

White played 36 times for Brighton in the Premier League during the 2020/21 season and has been rewarded ahead of Jesse Lingard and James Ward-Prowse both of whom have also shown their quality for England in the past week.

Southgate also had Ben Godfrey, Aaron Ramsdale
and Ollie Watkins to choose from, but all five players have now left the camp and returned home.

Mason Greenwood pulled out of the Euros last week with a groin issue.

As per UEFA rules, Southgate is still able to make changes to his squad until Saturday a day before England’s opening game but it is thought he is not planning to unless there is a significant further injury in training which rules someone out of the tournament.

 

 

Vincent Paul

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