Southgate springs England surprise with Alexander-Arnold’s Euro 2020 replacement

Ben White has been added to England’s squad to replace Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Brighton defender White, 23, impressed in England’s win over Romania on Sunday and is versatile enough to play right back, in a back three and also as a conventional centre half.

White got the nod ahead of James Ward-Prowse even though the Southampton midfielder would have been a popular choice.

Gareth Southgate must be aware that Harry Maguire is a fitness doubt and also England look frail defensively so White gets the nod.

The FA statement said: Brighton & Hove Albion’s Ben White has been added to England’s 26-man squad for UEFA EURO 2020.

The 23-year-old replaces Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold, who was ruled of the tournament last week through injury.

Having made his England debut against Austria in Middlesbrough last Wednesday, White further impressed on his first start for the Three Lions as he played the duration of Sunday’s win against Romania back at the Riverside Stadium.

It is just reward for the Dorset-born defender who capped his first full campaign in the Premier League by being named Brighton’s Men’s Player of the Season over the weekend.

Gareth Southgate’s squad will continue their tournament preparation at St. George’s Park this week ahead of the Group D opener against Croatia at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.


1. Jordan Pickford

2. Kyle Walker

3. Luke Shaw

4. Declan Rice

5. John Stones

6. Harry Maguire

7. Jack Grealish

8. Jordan Henderson

9. Harry Kane

10. Raheem Sterling

11. Marcus Rashford

12. Kieran Trippier

13. Dean Henderson

14. Kalvin Phillips

15. Tyrone Mings

16. Conor Coady

17. Jadon Sancho

18. Dominic Calvert-Lewin

19. Mason Mount

20. Phil Foden

21. Ben Chilwell

22. Ben White

23. Sam Johnstone

24. Reece James

25. Bukayo Saka

26. Jude Bellingham

How will England fare at Euro 2020? Make your predictions in the comments below.

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