Brighton & Hove Albion’s Ben White has been called up to England’s official 26-man squad after Trent Alexander-Arnold’s withdrawal last week.
Having claimed his first two England caps as a substitute against Austria (Wednesday 2 June) before playing the entirety of yesterday’s (Sunday 6 June) win over Romania, White has now been selected by Gareth Southgate to replace Trent Alexander-Arnold in the Euro 2020 squad.
This replacement comes after Alexander-Arnold was forced to withdraw with a quad injury picked up in Wednesday’s win over Austria.
White has been given the no.22 shirt for the Euros and is the first Brighton player to be called up for a major tournament in 39 years, with Steve Foster being their last player to be selected for England as they crashed out of the 1982 FIFA World Cup at the second group stage.
Here is England’s updated 26-man official squad for Euro 2020 with the Three Lions set to face Croatia, Scotland and Czech Republic in Group D on 13, 18 and 22 June respectively at Wembley Stadium.
Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford (Everton), Dean Henderson (Manchester United), Sam Johnstone (West Brom),
Defence: Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolves), Reece James (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), John Stones (Manchester City), Ben White (Brighton)
Midfield – Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United), Declan Rice (West Ham), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)
Forward – Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
Questions Need Asking
Whilst it is great to see a young player in White called up given his ability to play not only in central defence but also as a defensive midfielder, questions need asking of Southgate’s plans given that he is only taking five midfielders especially after criticism of his snubs for Jesse Lingard and James Ward-Prowse.
Lingard for starters is currently in strong form in terms of overall ability when attacking and is capable of not just playing in midfield but also providing cover in those wide forward positions, which would open up tactical evolution depending on opposition.
Ward-Prowse meanwhile has shown in both friendlies how key he can be to England’s midfield when in possession of the ball, especially at free-kicks and corners which raises serious questions as to why Southgate has snubbed him given his overall qualities.
Add in the fact that Southgate now has seven centre-backs at his disposal with the addition of White although some could be deployed at wing-back if required, there is no real justification for White’s inclusion ahead of Lingard or Ward-Prowse really when midfield definitely needed a sixth player.
Now if England encounter a midfield crisis and fail to deliver, it wouldn’t be a shock if we are here this time next month bemoaning Southgate’s selection errors in snubbing Lingard and Ward-Prowse.