Ben White ‘left England’s World Cup camp early because of an alleged bust-up with assistant boss Steve Holland’… with a report claiming the Arsenal star ‘struggled to mix in with his Three Lions team-mates’ in Qatar
White left the England camp in Qatar owing to ‘personal reasons’, leaving Gareth Southgate‘s squad one man down.
The Daily Star have reported that the Arsenal defender’s exit from England was owing to a row with Holland.
Ben White’s World Cup exit followed a major bust-up with Steve Holland, according to reports
The newspaper claims White was unhappy at the Al Wakrah training base and did not gel with his teammates.
Holland and White had an exchange of words after the defender turned up to a team meeting ahead of the the USA fixture without knowing vital data about his personal statistics, and also lacking information about England’s opponents, the report states.
A mutual decision was then made to allow White to return home, having played no part in any of England’s fixtures up to that point. He is not expected to return to Qatar.
Steve Holland (R) has worked alongside Gareth Southgate in the England set-up for many years
Holland, 52, was assistant manager at Chelsea before joining the England set-up, first with the under-21s, and then moving up to the senior side. With England, he has always worked next to Southgate.
England are currently preparing for Saturday’s quarter-final against France after sweeping aside Senegal in the last 16 on Sunday.
White, 25, was a late replacement for Trent Alexander-Arnold in England’s squad for Euro 2020 last summer, and played no part in their run to the final.
Despite being named in the 26 for Qatar by Southgate, he was not used for any of their games again, before flying home on November 30.
More to follow.