Each England match squad throws up a shock, whether or not it’s Theo Walcott or Martin Kelly.
And for Euro 2020, it’s Brighton’s Ben White.
The defender, 23, was named in Gareth Southgate’s ultimate squad as Trent Alexander-Arnold’s substitute for the upcoming main match regardless of by no means enjoying for England at any degree beforehand.
Jesse Lingard and James Ward-Prowse have been seen as the 2 most probably candidates to get the decision by boss Southgate, however White acquired the nod, lower than every week after making his England debut.
Nonetheless, given his profession to this point, maybe the true shock is that it’s taken this lengthy to get him concerned within the England set-up.
Not solely will Brighton followers vouch for that, Leeds supporters have fond reminiscences of the Englishman for his position of their promotion-winning marketing campaign whereas on mortgage at Elland Highway final season.
In any case, it is a participant who was reportedly needed by Liverpool and Chelsea final summer season.
So let’s take a better have a look at the Seagulls man and see why he captured Southgate’s consideration…
Profession to date
White began out with Southampton’s academy earlier than being launched at 16 when he then signed for Brighton.
He initially joined their academy earlier than progressing into the first-team, the place he made his debut within the League Cup in 2016.
For the 2017/18 season he was on mortgage with League Two Newport County and was a giant hit on the Welsh membership.
Then supervisor Michael Flynn went as far as to say he was ‘one of the best mortgage signing the membership has ever had’.
White then spent the second half of the 2018/19 season with League One Peterborough, that includes 16 instances.
Leeds took him on mortgage for the 2019/20 season the place he performed in all 46 league matches as they topped the Championship.
On the finish of the season, he was named Leeds’ younger participant of the 12 months.
In April, a five-year-old Leeds fan wrote to Brighton providing them his pocket cash to assist his membership signal the defender.
Leeds noticed two bids rejected for White final summer season as they launched a determined bid to maintain him completely.
The second supply was regarded as value round £22million.
In the meantime, Liverpool and Chelsea have been each closely linked along with his signature.
Nonetheless, Brighton held agency and acquired their reward, with White that includes in 36 of their Premier League video games because the Seagulls averted relgation.
Defence actually wasn’t the difficulty for Graham Potter’s facet: they solely conceded 46 targets, which was lower than Leicester and West Ham, who completed fifth and sixth respectively.
What has been stated?
Having performed with a younger White at Brighton, former Premier League striker Bobby Zamora just isn’t stunned to see him within the England squad.
Zamora advised talkSPORT: “I at all times thought he was fairly composed as a younger lad.
“He’s grown into himself, skilled himself in first-team soccer with Leeds and now Brighton.
“I used to be on the Man City recreation the opposite day, sure Phil Foden scored and he’s a incredible participant, however Ben handled him very effectively in that recreation.
“When it comes to Ben and whether or not he can do it, I consider he can. I don’t assume he’ll let England down in any respect.”
In the meantime, White himself not too long ago advised talkSPORT that he’s not modified a lot from the teen who caught everybody’s consideration.
“I’ve at all times been the identical participant,” he stated. “Should you have a look at my clips in League Two, I nonetheless do the identical issues now.
“I simply do them extra usually and I do them with higher high quality.”
If chosen for the 26-man squad, White may characterize his nation for the primary time at any degree on the largest stage doable.
However fortunately for the Englishman, nothing fazes him.
“After I step on the pitch, I don’t really feel an excessive amount of stress,” he added.
“It’s a type of issues, you’re simply enjoying a recreation of soccer and that’s actually all you’re doing.”