Why is Ben White not in the England squad?

Why is Ben White not in the England squad?
Ben White of Arsenal arrives at the Emirates Stadium prior to the Champions League tie against Porto (Image credit: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Ben White is not in the England squad. It's not exactly headline news – he's not Jude Bellingham, Harry Kane or even Kyle Walker – but it's perhaps more significant than some think.

Because the first-choice right-back of the team at the top of the Premier League has not been picked by his country. His side are the best defensively in the hardest league in Europe, he registered two assists at the weekend and somehow, he continues to be left out of Gareth Southgate's squad.

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Mark White
Content Editor

Mark White has been at on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, first as a staff writer before becoming content editor in 2023. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also represented FFT at both FA Cup and League Cup finals (though didn't receive a winners' medal on either occasion) and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He has written cover features for the mag on Mikel Arteta and Martin Odegaard, and is assisted by his cat, Rosie, who has interned for the brand since lockdown.