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Arsenal defender Ben White has been left out of the England squad for their final two World Cup qualifiers ahead of Qatar 2022. He was a major absentee from the 25-man squad named for the Albania and San Marino games last week Thursday by manager Gareth Southgate.

White, 24, has been in good form for Arsenal this season, but it was not enough to earn him a place in the England team for the November qualifiers as the one-time world champions bid to secure a spot at the World Cup tournament next year.

Arsenal central defender Whitebecame a part of the England senior national team setup for the first time when manager Gareth Southgate named him on a 33-man preliminary list for the Euro 2020 tournament in the summer. Afterwards, he was not part of the 26-man final squad for Euro 2020 as he was left on the standby list of seven players. In the end, White was able to make the 26-man England squad for the Euro 2020 tournament as the replacement for the injured Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander Arnold.

White didn’t make a single appearance for England at Euro 2020 as his team went all the way to the final before they were beaten on penalties by eventual champions Italy. He earned a place in the England squad on the back of his stellar season for Brighton and Hove Albion last season. At the end of the Euro 2020 tournament, Arsenal paid a big transfer fee to sign him from the Seagulls. It was revealed that Brighton received £50m from Arsenal for the England defender.

White didn’t make an appearance at the Euro 2020 tournament in the summer as pointed out earlier, but he had already made his debut at that stage. His England debut came during the 1-0 win over Austria at the Wembley Stadium in what was a pre-tournament warm-up match