Liverpool right-back Alexander-Arnold was ruled out of this summer’s Euro 2020 tournament after he was forced off in the closing stages of last week’s 1-0 friendly win over Austria with a thigh injury.
Although Brighton defender White, who was among those named in the provisional 33-man squad, has now been selected by Gareth Southgate ahead of England’s opener against Croatia on Sunday.
However, the 23-year-old, who can play in the defense and midfield, made his England debut last week against Austria and was really impressive on his first start in Sunday’s final warm-up game against Romania.
Ben White had 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.
Meanwhile, the England boss, Gareth Southgate also had Ben Godfrey, Aaron Ramsdale and Ollie Watkins to choose from. Mason Greenwood was earlier ruled out of the Euros with a groin issue. White’s inclusion was announced by the FA on Monday morning as England continue preparations for their Group D opener at Wembley.
Asides that, Southgate still has plenty to ponder before then, with fitness concerns remaining over Manchester United skipper Harry Maguire and Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson.
Henderson played 45 minutes against Romania, missing a penalty as he returned to action for the first time since undergoing groin surgery in February.