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Arsenal star returns home from World Cup for unknown personal reasons

Arsenal star returns home from World Cup for unknown personal reasons

Ben White, a standout for England and Arsenal, has left the Three Lions’ World Cup camp early for personal reasons and is not likely to return to Qatar until the tournament’s end.

The Arsenal player had been an unused substitute in England’s first two Group B matches and missed Tuesday’s 3-0 victory against Wales due to illness. White had not appeared in either of England’s previous matches.

This was the first World Cup for the 25-year-old, who was selected by Gareth Southgate based on his strong start to the season with Arsenal.

White, who is expected to be a part of future England camps for major tournaments, was not expected to play a significant amount for the remainder of the tournament. 

However, the experience would have been valuable for White, who is expected to be a part of England’s camps for future major tournaments.

Wednesday, the Football Association issued a statement via the Daily Mail confirming the news about White.

‘Ben White has left England’s training base in Al Wakrah and returned home for personal reasons.

‘The Arsenal defender is not expected to return to the squad for the remainder of the tournament.

‘We ask that the player’s privacy is respected at this moment in time.’

The reasons for White’s early departure were not disclosed, but he is set to return to action on Christmas Day when Arsenal plays West Ham.

Arsenal star returns home from World Cup for unknown personal reasons

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