• 25 Apr, 2024

Arsenal's Ben White has sparked controversy by opting out of the England squad for their recent friendlies against Brazil and Belgium.

Arsenal's Ben White has sparked controversy by opting out of the England squad for their recent friendlies against Brazil and Belgium.

While his teammates battled for a win at Wembley, White was pictured enjoying a beach vacation with his wife.

Social Media Post Fuels Debate

White's wife, Milly, shared a photo on social media showing the couple playing a game of Uno on a picturesque beach.

The timing of the post, coinciding with England's 1-0 defeat to Brazil, has fueled debate amongst fans.

History of Mystery Around World Cup Withdrawal

This is not the first time White's national team involvement has been shrouded in secrecy.

He withdrew from the England squad during the 2022 World Cup for "personal reasons," with reports suggesting a disagreement with assistant coach Steve Holland.

Reported Rift with Assistant Coach Over Football Knowledge

Media outlets claim the conflict arose when Holland questioned White's interest in football.

After asking Kyle Walker about Manchester City's performance, Holland allegedly posed the same question to White regarding Arsenal.

White reportedly admitted to not knowing the answer, leading Holland to question his commitment to the sport.

White Confirms Lack of Interest in Watching Football

White has previously acknowledged his lack of interest in watching football, stating that he has never been a fan and rarely watches matches.

Despite this, manager Gareth Southgate insists there are no lingering issues between White and the coaching staff.

Southgate Defends Assistant Coach, White Seen as Potential Selection

Southgate has dismissed rumors of a rift with White, expressing frustration at the negativity directed towards his coaching staff.

He reiterated that White would have been selected if he had not opted out.

Focus Shifts to European Championship as White Relaxes

While White enjoys his vacation, England reflects on their performance against Brazil as they prepare for the upcoming European Championship.