Declan Rice will try to convince Ben White to play for England again

Arsenal midfielder Declan Rice has committed to convincing Ben White to play for England again.

White has not been involved with the national team since he controversially left their camp at the World Cup.

He has been in fantastic form for Arsenal as they chase the Premier League and Champions League titles.

England wants to win Euro 2024 and needs the best talents in the country in their squad to achieve this.

But White has informed them that he has no interest in returning to the team for now, a position which the national team handlers find saddening.

However, Rice has now committed to speaking with his club teammate and trying his best to convince him to return.

He said, as quoted by the Daily Mail:

‘When I get back I can have a conversation with him and see the ins and outs and see what he thinks.

‘I would love him to come. I think Bukayo (Saka) would. I think Aaron Ramsdale would. I think we’re all going to be on him when we get back to say… hopefully, he can change his mind but I don’t know the ins and outs of that conversation.’

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White knows why he made that decision, and it could be difficult for him to change his mind, but that does not mean Rice should not try his best to get his teammate back to international football.

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  1. You media reports all talk about Whites England snub as if he is already in the starting eleven and letting Southgate down. This is not the case. Southgate has called him up as he did last year as a bench warmer never to get a game, as he did last year. Last year White was playing the best football of his life and when Southgate had the opportunity to bring on White as a substitute, he instead chose to bring on the out of form Eric Dyer and left White red faced on the bench wondering what he has to do to get a game.
    I don’t blame him for snubbing Southgate, because he wasted his time last year sitting on the England bench without even getting a look in, even though his form was outstanding. Why should it be any different this time around. Not sure what all the fuss is about as he is only going to keep the bench warm, it is not as if he is going to play a game.

    1. Yes, such an inordinate amount of fuss about an unlikely happening.

      My principle as a DIEHARD Gooner, but one who cares not at all about international football, is that it is far better for us ,in an ideal world, though one which will not happen, that NONE of OUR players ever plays for their country ever again.

    2. Southgate is useless, with this crop of players he should have won something, but instead relied on players who are passed it, his coaching staff are not that impressive, Jimmy Floyd a failed manager. I hope he goes to Man Utd because he will ruin them

  2. As much as I rate Rice and the difference he has made to Arsenal, he needs to keep his nose out of it. Benny Blanco has his reasons and Rice should respect that, not do Southgate’s dirty work. I don’t think White will be too impressed when they all meet up, I know I wouldn’t if it was me

  3. After last night’s showing against Belgium, White was a miss for England

    I don’t know anything at all about Southgate’s coach but if he was flippant to White and that caused the rift to develop, then more fool him. The SAF school of management/coaching – such as using the hairdryer treatment- is outdated.

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