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Ben White leaves England squad


Defender Ben White has left England’s World Cup training base in Qatar to head home for “personal reasons”.

The Arsenal defender is not expected to return to the squad for the remainder of the tournament.

The 25-year-old was included in Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad for the World Cup following an impressive start to the season with the Gunners.

White did not feature in England’s first two Group B matches and missed Tuesday’s 3-0 win against Wales through illness.

A statement from the England’s Football Association reads: “We ask that the player’s privacy is respected at this moment in time”.

The defender did not make an appearance during the tournament and has only won two caps since, taking his overall tally to four.

England begins their knockout phase with a last-16 round clash against Senegal on Sunday after topping Group B.

Writing by Tersoo Nicholas