Just two England call-ups for Arsenal with Ben White a surprising absentee

Aaron Ramsdale and Bukayo Saka have been called up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad, while Emile Smith Rowe and Ben White miss out this time around.

Earlier on today, the Guardian tipped Ben White to return to the squad, with Harry Maguire set to miss out through injury, but the Three Lions boss has other ideas.

AC Milan’s Fikayo Tomori has seemingly taken his spot in the team following an impressive 12 months in Italy, but I can’t really complain with one less player to worry about picking up an injury during the break.

Emile Smith Rowe has been thoroughly impressing this term, and also misses out however, although there is a vast amount of competition for the midfield roles at present, while Jude Bellingham is also looked in a shock move.

ESR and Eddie Nketiah will instead join up with the England Under-21’s squad for their upcoming qualifiers against Andorra and Slovenia, alongside Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood and Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi in what looks to be another star-studded squad.

Could White’s latest snub prove as a blow to his confidence, or will it push him to perform to earn back his place?


Tags Aaron Ramsdale Bukayo Saka England


  1. “Just” two, GP?
    We musn’t be greedy – yes I know it was a year ago today that Saka and AMN got their first call ups, but AMN was a shock to us all, so I will settle for two of our four first team regulars getting in. I’m confident White and ESR will follow soon, which would be pretty cool – every one of our English players in the squad!

  2. My thoughts on Southgate’s selection centre on Coady and Trippier who imo are bang average at best .In the case of Coady, apart from Tomori and White, Gomez of Liverpool and Konsa of Villa are young centre backs who are vastly superior to the Wolves man.Nothing against him personally , he is just not international class.As for Trippier who can barely kick a ball with his left foot,why on earth Chilwell is not in the pool as the natural understudy to Shaw, is beyond me.I appreciate he has been on the sidelines for Chelsea, but he is a class act and provides natural balance on the left which Trippier does not.With Trippier at LB there is no fluidity when England attack as he is simply unable to pass or cross with his left foot on the run.As for ESR and White, their time will most assuredly come.

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