Ben White replaces Trent Alexander-Arnold in England Euro 2020 squad.
Brighton defender Ben White has been given the final place in the
England squad for Euro 2020. White, who has two caps, replace full-back Trent
Alexander-Arnold, who was ruled out of the tournament by injury last week
Liverpool right-back Alexander-Arnold was left ‘gutted’ after injuring his thigh in the
closing stages of the warm-up friendly against Austria last week.
That ruled him out of the tournament and he now faces up to six weeks on the sidelines.
And Gareth Southgate chose White to fill the 26th spot in the team.
White will wear the No22 jersey at the tournament, the number is originally given to
Alexander-Arnold. He enjoyed a fine season for the Seagulls, his debut Premier League
campaign, picking up the club’s player of the year award.
The Dorset-born star made his senior Three Lions debut as a substitute in holding
midfield against Austria before starring at center-back in the win over Romania
yesterday. White was named in the provisional 33-man squad by Southgate.
But he was one of the seven axed from that list for the final 26 alongside Aaron
Ramsdale, Ben Godfrey, Jesse Lingard, James Ward-Prowse, Mason Greenwood and
Southgate may also need more cover at center-back for the tournament due to Harry
Maguire’s ongoing fitness concerns.
England’s Euro 2020 campaign kicks off next Sunday as their first Group D match is against Croatia.
Speaking after England’s win against Romania, Gareth Southgate admitted he was
unhappy with his side’s performance.
‘I don’t think we were as good as we want to be, or that we need to be,’ he told Sky Sports.
‘In the first half we used the ball reasonably well, our best moments were coming down
the left, we needed to get the ball from right to left more urgently.
‘We were a bit slow-moving the ball, and in the final third we didn’t quite select the right
pass or ran into traffic when we had a chance to create clearer opportunities.