Ben White left England World Cup squad due to Steve Holland bust-up | Football

Ben White did not appear in any of England’s four games at the World Cup (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal defender Ben White left England’s World Cup camp in Qatar after a bust-up with assistant manager Steve Holland, according to reports.

The Football Association announced early last week that White would leave the squad, citing ‘personal reasons’.

The 25-year-old did not appear in any of England’s three group stage games as they booked their place in the knockout stage with wins over Iran and Wales and a draw with USA before beating Senegal in the last 16.

According to the Daily Star, White became unhappy in the England camp and struggled to mix with his fellow international team-mates before he fell out with Gareth Southgate’s No 2 Holland in front of the rest of the squad.

Holland and White allegedly had a heated exchange when the defender turned up to a team meeting prior to the 0-0 draw with the USA not knowing some key information over his own personal stats with the assistant manager also angry over the player’s lack of knowledge of their American opposition.

White was subsequently not included in the Arsenal squad who flew out to Dubai for a training camp as the Gunners beat Lyon 3-0 in a friendly on Thursday.

Speaking after the match, Mikel Arteta said that he would ‘psychologically assess’ Arsenal’s World Cup stars to ensure they are ready for the return of the Premier League, with the Gunners hosting West Ham on December 26.

‘First we’ll assess them and see how they are psychologically and physically after the tournament they’ve had,’ Arteta told Arsenal’s website.

‘Some of them are still disappointed with some of the results.

‘Then we’ll try to get them back as quickly as possible in the rhythm and routine they’re used to, to start performing again.’

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