Former Leeds United loanee Ben White called into England's Euro 2020 squad by Gareth Southgate

Former Leeds United loanee Ben White has been added to England’s Euro 2020 squad.

Monday, 7th June 2021, 8:25 am
Updated Monday, 7th June 2021, 8:28 am
Former Leeds United loanee Ben White in action for England. Pic: Getty

The 23-year-old was selected by Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate to replace Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold, who was forced to withdraw from the 26-man party due to injury last week.

White spent the 2019/20 campaign on loan at Elland Road and helped Marcelo Bielsa's men to promotion from the Championship into the Premier League.

United tried to tempt Brighton into selling him last summer to make his move permanent in West Yorkshire but the Seagulls refused to budge on their stance of not selling to a club they perceived as a top flight rival.

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White made his debut in last week’s 1-0 friendly win over Austria and impressed as he started alongside Tyrone Mings in Sunday’s victory against Romania.

Alexander-Arnold was ruled out after suffering a thigh injury late on against Austria and Southgate took his time to decide which of his standby players would come in.

Everton defender Ben Godfrey and Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse were other options who both started the Romania game, while Jesse Lingard and Ollie Watkins were also on the standby list, but will now return home.

White’s inclusion was announced by the Football Association on Monday morning as the team continue preparations for their European Championship opener against Croatia.

Having trained in Middlesbrough, with both friendlies taking place at the Riverside Stadium, the squad will now be based at St George’s Park.

Euro 2020 kicks off on Friday night, with England’s clash with Croatia at Wembley on Sunday afternoon.

Southgate still has plenty to ponder before then, with fitness concerns remaining over Manchester United skipper Harry Maguire and Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson.

Midfielder Henderson played the second half against Romania, missing a penalty as he returned following a near-four month lay-off after undergoing groin surgery in February.

His potential absence could open the door for Whites midfielder Kalvin Phillips to see action this summer at international level.

Defender Maguire is unlikely to be involved against Croatia having only just started running again after injuring his ankle last month.

Southgate was also unable to call on the seven members of his squad who featured in the Champions League final and will run the rule over Ben Chilwell, Reece James, Mason Mount, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling in the coming days.