‘We are all with you’ – Arsenal shows support for Ben White after leaving England’s World Cup camp

The Three Lions announced this on Wednesday evening versatile defender White had left their training base in Al Wakrah and returned home for personal reasons, with his return not expected at this tournament.

The 25-year-old did not play for England in any of their three Group B matches against Iran, the United States and Wales, missing the final game entirely through illness as he had not trained in the run-up.

“Ben White has left England’s training base in Al Wakrah and has returned home for personal reasons,” England’s official statement read.

“The Arsenal defender is not expected to return to the squad for the remainder of the tournament. We ask that the player’s privacy be respected at this time.”

Arsenal quickly showed their support for a player whose consistent defensive displays and tremendous versatility – playing at right-back for much of the season – were key to a surprise Premier League title under Mikel Arteta this season.

“We’re all with you Ben,” the top flight leaders tweeted alongside a photo of the player and a heart emoji.

White’s withdrawal means England are left with 25 players for the rest of their World Cup campaign, with Senegal next in the last 16 at Al Bayt Stadium on Sunday night.

Manager Gareth Southgate has plenty of defensive options at his disposal, with Harry Maguire and John Stones the center backs of choice alongside full-backs Kieran Trippier and Luke Shaw so far.

Manchester City’s Kyle Walker also returned to play a crucial 57 minutes for England in Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Wales at Al Rayyan after returning to full fitness following groin surgery in October.

Eric Dier, Conor Coady and Trent Alexander-Arnold are the other defenders available for Southgate in Qatar, with Declan Rice also able to fill in at the rear if required.