Ben White has been called up to England’s final squad for Euro 2020.
The Brighton and Hove Albion man was included in Gareth Southgate’s provisional 33-man squad in May, winning his first-ever call-up. However, he was one of seven players to be excluded from the squad.
In England’s warm-up match against Austria, Trent Alexander-Arnold suffered a hamstring injury and it was later confirmed that he would be out for four to six weeks, keeping him out of the tournament .
It left a place in the squad, which has since been given to Ben White.
White is first and foremost a center-back, although he has been praised for his versatility. He is able to cover at right-back and central midfield if needed.
White’s selection could be an indicator of the fitness of Harry Maguire, who is uncertain for the Three Lions opener against Croatia. That left only John Stones, Tyrone Mings, and Conor Coady available in the heart of the defense.
The 23-year-old was called up ahead of Aaron Ramsdale, Ben Godfrey, James Ward-Prowse, Jesse Lingard and Ollie Watkins, all of whom were excluded from the provisional squad earlier this month.
Many believed Ward-Prowse would be the one to take last place on the team, following his performance in the 1-0 win over Romania. The Southampton man has produced several excellent crosses from set pieces which have been vital for the Southgate men in the past.
Meanwhile, Lingard is also out after an excellent loan at West Ham United. He won the Premier League Player of the Month award in April and was nominated in February and March, ending his time at the Hammers with nine goals and four assists in 16 games.
England begin their Euro 2020 campaign with a clash against Croatia on June 13. After that, she faces her local rival, Scotland, before finishing the group stage against the Czech Republic.
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