Ben White added to England squad
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Brighton & Hove Albion's Ben White has been named as a replacement for the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold in England's Euro 2020 squad.

The FA confirmed this morning that White will replace Alexander-Arnold, who has a thigh injury, after making an impressive full debut in England’s 1-0 win over Romania in their final game before the tournament on Sunday.

Liverpool right-back Alexander-Arnold was ruled out of this summer's tournament after he was forced off in the closing stages of last week's 1-0 friendly win over Austria.

'Beyond proud and honoured'

Reacting to the news, the 23-year old tweeted: "Beyond proud and honoured! I'll give it my everything."

White played 36 times for Brighton in the Premier League during the 2020/21 season and has been rewarded ahead of Jesse Lingard and James Ward-Prowse - both of whom have also shown their quality in the past week.

England boss Southgate also had Ben Godfrey, Aaron Ramsdale and Ollie Watkins to choose from, but all five players have now left the camp and returned home. Mason Greenwood was ruled out of the Euros last week with a groin issue.

Milestone for Brighton defender

White, who was named Albion’s Player of the Year on Sunday, is now in the 26-man squad preparing for Sunday’s opener against Croatia at England’s training base at St George’s Park. He has been given squad no. 22.

He became England’s 1261st full international last Wednesday when he came on as a second-half substitute in a 1-0 win over Austria. Southgate deployed White as a defensive midfielder in that game, but he played in central defence against Romania.

He becomes the first Albion player to feature in an England squad for a major tournament since Steve Foster during the 1982 World Cup.

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