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Revealed: The alleged reasoning behind Ben White’s departure from England squad


An insight into the apparent reasoning behind Ben White’s premature departure from England’s 2022 World Cup squad has been provided late on Thursday.

White, of course, caught headlines last week, upon word surfacing that the Arsenal star had come to the decision to bring a close to his experience in Qatar, despite his nation’s ongoing push for glory on football’s biggest stage.

England, for their part, subsequently released a statement on the matter, confirming that the defender’s exit had come for ‘personal reasons’.

No further insight, at the time, was provided.

As alluded to above, though, on Thursday evening, an update on the matter has finally been forthcoming online.

As per a report from the Daily Star, as cited by the Daily Mail, White’s return to the United Kingdom came about as a result of a falling out with a member of England’s coaching team.

The individual in question? Steve Holland.

Holland, for those not aware, has acted as assistant to Three Lions head coach Gareth Southgate since his instillation back in 2016.

The 52-year-old, though, is understood to have angered White, leading to a bust-up between the pair, and the latter ultimately making the call to fly home from Qatar.

This came as the Arsenal man, it is alleged, also struggled to build relationships with his teammates in Southgate’s squad.

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.



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