Ben White left the England team in Qatar and is not anticipated to come back.
For “personal reasons,” Ben White has left England’s World Cup training camp and will fly back to his home country, according to the FA. It is unlikely that the Arsenal center-back will travel back to Qatar to take part in England’s World Cup campaign once more.
According to a statement from the FA, Ben White has returned home from England’s training facility in Al Wakrah due to personal matters. It’s unlikely that the Arsenal defender will rejoin the team for the rest of the competition.
White did not play in England’s final match against Wales on Tuesday night but did appear as an unusual substitute in the first two group games. There is no information on the specific causes of White’s return home, but he had missed England’s training session on Monday due to illness.
Only four times, all in friendlies, has the 25-year-old played for his nation. White was called up to the England World Cup squad, though, due to his performance for Arsenal this year.
The omission of White from the England team for their final series of games before the World Cup earlier in the year had caused some outrage among many Arsenal supporters.
He has made the right-back position his own and has been essential to Mikel Arteta’s success at Arsenal this season. Trent Alexander-Arnold was not even able to make the starting lineup, so Gareth Southgate was spoiled for choice on the right side of the defense.
If needed, it was predicted that White would start at center back for England.
Only Eric Dier and Conor Coady remain as Southgate’s backup central defenders for Harry Maguire and John Stones at this time. But in addition to Declan Rice, Kyle Walker is also capable of playing in a back three.
The England manager now has a few days to get the team ready for the World Cup match against Senegal on Sunday. To ensure that they won their group, England defeated Wales 3-0 on Tuesday.
Senegal, meanwhile, qualified for the knockout round with a thrilling 2-1 victory over Ecuador in their final group match.