England defender Ben White has returned to his homeland after an alleged row with Three Lions assistant coach Steve Holland. The defender left England’s Al Wakrah camp in Qatar last week and returned to London, with the Football Association saying it was for “personal reasons”.
However, the Daily Star reveals that the Arsenal defender has not been happy in the England camp and has struggled to connect with the rest of his team-mates. And the last drop of patience ran out when he fell out with first assistant coach Gareth Southgate in front of the rest of the squad.
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The pair are understood to have exchanged heated words when White turned up to a team meeting ahead of the Group B clash with the USA without knowing some vital information relating to his personal statistics. It is also said that Holland was also unimpressed by White’s lack of knowledge of the American opponent of the “Three Lions”.
In the end, it was mutually agreed that he would be permanently released from the tournament and the defender was told that he would not be returning to Qatar at all. White, who was selected to play at his first World Cup, failed to appear in any of England’s three group stage matches before being sent off.
The defender was also followed by Raheem Sterling, who flew back to London after his home was robbed. But unlike White, Sterling returned to Qatar to rejoin the squad and is expected to be on the bench for the quarter-final clash against reigning champions France on Saturday.
The FA declined to comment on the matter, while White’s agent did not respond when the publication tried to contact him.