Brighton and Hove Albion defender Ben White has been chosen to replace Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold in England’s 26-man squad for Euro 2020.
His inclusion ensures that the Three Lions have more depth in the center of defense as Gareth Southgate continues to sweat over the fitness of Harry Maguire ahead of the group stages of the tournament.
It can be recalled that White initially didn’t make the squad after getting his first international call-up and made his debut for the Three Lions in the 1 win against Austria on Wednesday.
Regardless, the 23-year-old started Sunday’s win against Romania and played for 90 minutes. It can also be recalled that he was named Brighton’s player of the season for the 2020/21 campaign earlier the same day.
His selection means that Southgate has overlooked Southampton midfielder and set-piece specialist James Ward-Prowse who also impressed in the 1 nil win against Romania at the Riverside Stadium.
Man United’s Jesse Lingard would have hoped to replace Alexander-Arnold who will play no part at the Euros due to a thigh injury but White’s call-up annuls this and subsequently increases the number of fit and typical center-backs in the team from 3 to 4.
Meanwhile, Maguire is expected to miss England’s opening game of the tournament against Croatia at Wembley on Sunday as he is not expected to recover in time for the encounter. This means that Southgate only has John Stones, Conor Coady, and Tyrone Mings as his established center-backs.
Ben White now joins the list and is also versatile enough to play as a defensive midfielder having deputized in the role for Brighton under Graham Potter in the 2020/21 Premier League season and also at right-back.
He’ll take over Alexander-Arnold’s 22 shirt and join the rest of the squad at their training base at St George’s Park.