Brighton defender Ben White will be named to England’s expanded Euro 2020 squad TODAY, with Gareth Southgate impressed with his versatility as he reverses the latest announcement amid fears of Harry Maguire’s injury
Brighton defender Ben White will be a shock to Gareth Southgate’s preliminary England squad for Euro 2020.
Southgate is an admirer of the 23-year-old center-back and appreciates his versatility in planning the tournament starting next month.
Southgate will announce his roster later on Tuesday and will nominate a preliminary group of about 30 players for the tournament, which he will have to reduce to 26 names.
Ben White, defender from Brighton, will be a shock to the English preliminary Euros selection
White made an impression for Brighton this season, with a total of 36 appearances in the league
The central defensive role could become a problem for England and Southgate if Harry Maguire does not recover from an ankle injury in time.
The central defender is expected to miss Manchester United’s Europa League final against Villarreal on Wednesday evening, but has flown with the team to Gdansk in Poland.
White played 36 Premier League games for Brighton in 2020-21, with the Seagulls finishing 16th. England boss Southgate was at Brighton’s Amex stadium on May 15 to watch Brighton’s 1-1 draw against West Ham.
Another aspect that may have drawn Southgate to White is the fact that Brighton tends to play with three in the back, something the England boss preferred in his time at the helm of the national team.
White spent the 2019/20 campaign on loan at Leeds, playing every match under Marcelo Bielsa as they won promotion to the championship. His form even saw him associated with a move to Liverpool that season.
Gareth Southgate saw White in action on May 15 when Brighton drew 1-1 against West Ham
His inclusion comes amid concerns about head defender Harry Maguire’s fitness
Indeed, Sportsmail reported last month that White was even being reconsidered by Jurgen Klopp with a new center-back at the top of his priorities in the upcoming summer transfer window, but RB Leipzig’s Ibrahima Konate is the first choice.
White is currently unrestricted at the international level, but he could make his debut on June 2 in a friendly against Austria at the Riverside stadium.
England will then face Romania on June 6, again at Middlesbrough, before their tournament gets off to a good start against Croatia at Wembley on June 13.