There is only one possible explanation for Ben White’s omission from the England squad – Our View

Arsenal defender Ben White has been left out of the England squad for the upcoming Nations League games against Italy and Germany.

England drew with both countries in June but go into their final matches before the World Cup bottom of their group and battling relegation.

Six central defenders and four right-backs have been selected by Gareth Southgate but White has not got the call-up.

That decision has drawn widespread confusion, not least from Arsenal fans who have watched White shine in their charge to the top of the Premier League.

England snub Ben White

But he has been doing that good work at right-back, with William Saliba and Gabriel Mikel Arteta’s first choice central defensive pairing.

Some may question that if White cannot get into Arsenal’s team in his best position whether he can play at the heart of defence for England right now.

And we all know the situation around England and right-backs by now.

Southgate has four elite options in Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Reece James that he is constantly trying to juggle.

Some may say that White is showing the versatility that tournament squads need by impressing out of position.

He was a late callup for Euro 2020, replacing Alexander-Arnold, in part because he could play at right-back and anchor midfield in a push.

But the fact he is currently playing out of position is the only plausible explanation for his England squad, while the inclusion of players like Conor Coady and Harry Maguire will draw criticism.

And it has been reported that White is struggling fitness wise with the extra demands of playing right-back, so that may have played a part too.

Because Southgate has not yet done a press conference about his selection, we do not know the answers, but it is likely he will be asked about White this week.


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