Ben White has been drafted in to complete England’s 26-man Euro 2020 squad after his solid display in the friendly victory against Romania.
Gareth Southgate named his final squad for the European Championships on June 1, but was dealt a major blow when Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold was forced to withdraw after limping out of the warm-up victory against Austria.
The Three Lions boss has now confirmed that Brighton centre-half White will take Alexander-Arnold’s spot, meaning he can now provide cover for Harry Maguire as the Manchester United defender continues to work his way back to full fitness after a serious ankle injury.
White, Jesse Lingard, James Ward-Prowse, Ollie Watkins, Aaron Ramsdale and Ben Godfrey were all included in Southgate’s initial 33-man preliminary squad before being dropped from the final selection, along with the injured Mason Greenwood.
Manchester United’s Lingard, Southampton midfielder Ward-Prowse and Everton’s Godfrey also featured in England’s two friendly fixtures, but White has been given the nod after recording a clean sheet alongside Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings at centre-back on Sunday.
White has been called up after an impressive 2020-21 campaign at Brighton which saw him solidify his reputation as one of the most consistent defenders in the Premier League.
The 23-year-old featured in 36 top-flight games for the Seagulls last term, helping them avoid the drop and secure a 16th place finish.
England kick off their Euros campaign against Croatia at Wembley on Sunday afternoon. Southgate’s men will then take on Scotland on June 18 before completing Group D against the Czech Republic four days later.