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 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.
A mutual decision was made to allow White to return home, having played no part in England’s fixtures up to that point. He is not expected to return to Qatar.
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.
The Daily Star claim Ben White’s World Cup exit followed a major bust-up with Steve Holland
England are currently preparing for Saturday’s quarter-final against France.
They drew the aforementioned game with the USA in a goalless battle sandwiched between two comfortable group stage wins over Iran and Wales. They also won Sunday evening’s round-of-16 clash 3-0 against Senegal to set up the France match.
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.
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Steve Holland (R) has worked alongside Gareth Southgate in the England set-up for many years