Ben White named in England’s World Cup squad

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

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

He was named in England’s squad for Euro 2020 as a replacement for Trent Alexander-Arnold after the Liverpool right-back missed out but did not feature during the tournament.

White has appeared in all 18 matches for Premier League leaders Arsenal and has since 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 used White as a right-back this season after playing him in the last game, and his versatility has appealed to Southgate.

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White started his career on the south coast and was released by Southampton early in his career, but was picked up by Brighton and excelled on loan at Leeds United in 2019-2020.

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 a place in Southgate’s England squad at Euro 2020.

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

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FIFA’s deadline to confirm World Cup squads is on Monday – so Southgate will watch this weekend’s Premier League and pray that his 26-man squad emerges unscathed.

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

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

Meanwhile England will be without Chelsea players Ben Chilwell and Reece James.

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Chilwell injured his knee 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 will be hoping to end England’s long wait for silverware after coming close to missing out on the World Cup in Russia and last summer’s run to the European Championship final , which they lost to Italy.

Follow the details of England’s World Cup squad announcement here

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