White does NOT report for England duty as rest of the squad join up

Ben White PULLS OUT of the England squad, with more hamstring rehab needed at Arsenal, as his team-mates check in at St George’s Park after a week of holidays ahead of their four Nations League games

  • The centre back sustained an injury late on in the campaign playing for Arsenal
  • He will continue his recovery back at London Colney rather than England
  • Most of the rest of the squad met up on Monday ahead of the Nations League

Ben White will not join up with England for their four Nations League games as he continues his rehab on a hamstring injury sustained at the back end of the season. 

The Arsenal centre back had been called up to Gareth Southgate’s latest squad but the injury sustained to his hamstring meant he has not risked his long term fitness.

Most of Southgate’s original 27-man squad arrived at St George’s Park on Monday as preparations got under way for the fixtures against Hungary, Germany and Italy in June. 

Ben White announced on Monday that he would not be joining up with England as expected

Jarrod Bowen, who was called up to his first ever England squad for the games next month, arrived on Monday afternoon and was greeted by England staff as well as Manchester City player Jack Grealish. 

Bowen’s West Ham team-mate Declan Rice walked through the revolving doors with his customary smile, the Hammers’ Europa League semi-final defeat to Frankfurt seemingly at the back of his mind. 

Trent Alexander-Arnold, the only member of the Liverpool squad to have been named in Southgate’s latest group, is one of a number of players who will join the rest at St George’s Park on Tuesday. Raheem Sterling, Kieran Trippier and James Ward Prowse are the others.  

Mason Mount (R) greets England squad debutant James Justin (L) at St George’s Park

Meanwhile Chelsea star Mason Mount, who this weekend was photographed taking in the Monaco Grand Prix alongside England team-mate Phil Foden, also reported for duty. 

Foden was spotted talking to squad debutant Bowen. 

Mount will be hoping for a better time at Wembley in June, having lost his last three games at the national stadium. 

Mason Mount will be hoping for happier days out at the national stadium next month

Marc Guehi, who made his debut in March, shook off injury concerns to make the squad

Tammy Abraham has enjoyed a stellar few weeks, including winning the Europa Conference League with Roma

The Chelsea midfielder was photographed greeting Leicester right-back James Justin, who like Bowen has been called up to his first senior squad. 

Meanwhile, more established internationals appeared all smiles as they arrived at the camp. 

Conor Coady, whose selection in the squad raised eyebrows in certain corners, bore an enormous grin as he stepped out of his car at the Burton-on-Trent base. 

Tammy Abraham, whose goals for Roma have ensured he has put himself back into the England frame, gave a peace sign to the waiting photographers. 

Kalvin Phillips endured a tough season blighted by injuries but is key to England’s hopes

Abraham has enjoyed a magical few weeks, including winning the Europa Conference League in Tirana, Albania, with Roma. 

Marc Guehi, who made his debut for the national side back in March, also arrived on Monday allaying the fears expressed earlier in May that an injury sustained for Crystal Palace against Watford could have ruled him out of this camp. 

Meanwhile, Kalvin Phillips, so key to England’s run to the final of the European Championships last summer, grinned for the cameras as he arrived at St George’s Park. 

Declan Rice wore a smile on his face as the midfielder got to St George’s Park on Monday

Wolves skipper Conor Coady arrives at St George’s Park on Monday afternoon with a smile

Jack Grealish, whose post-title celebration videos amused many, greets Jarrod Bowen

Jarrod Bowen was included in the England squad for the first time in his career this month

Having suffered a number of injuries that kept him out for the majority of the season, Phillips will now be able to enjoy his summer after his return to action helped Leeds United avoid the drop. 

Elsewhere, captain Harry Kane, fresh off his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel’s chat show arrived. Kane’s future appears to be much more settled this summer than it was last, with Antonio Conte appearing to have convinced the Tottenham man that north London is the place for him. 

There was no place for Kane’s Spurs team-mate Eric Dier in this particular squad, much to the grievance of a number of supporters. 

Fikayo Tomori’s inclusion in this squad is vindication for his impressive season at AC Milan

England captain Harry Kane arrives fresh off the back of an interview on an American prime-time chat show

Nick Pope appeared to have put the disappointment of Burnley’s relegation behind him

Bukayo Saka, who Kane’s Spurs pipped to the fourth and final Champions League spot on the final of the season, arrived at St George’s Park. He is Arsenal’s only representative this time around, with White’s announcement that he would be absent and Emile Smith Rowe in the U21s for this particular international break. 

Nick Pope, who suffered final day agony of his own as Burnley were relegated to the Championship arrived all smiles.

While Jude Bellingham, alongside Abraham and Fikayo Tomori as the foreign-based players in the squad, arrived with great expectation on his shoulders. No Jordan Henderson in this squad means he could have an important role to play in midfield across the four games. 

Tomori’s inclusion pleased many, with his brave move to go to Italy and to AC Milan being vindicated by his maiden Scudetto win and subsequent re-calling to the England squad. He will be hoping to add to his two England caps. 

It had been suggested by Chris Sutton in the aftermath of the squad announcement that Tomori was the most in-form England defender. Southgate’s Harry Maguire conundrum has created an interesting subtext to next month’s Nations League games.  

Bukayo Saka steps out of the car at St George’s Park ahead of the Nations League fixtures

 The full squad for the fixtures in June  

Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal)

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Marc Guéhi (Crystal Palace), Reece James (Chelsea), James Justin (Leicester City) Harry Maguire (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Fikayo Tomori (AC Milan), Kieran Trippier (Newcastle United), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ben White (Arsenal)

Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Conor Gallagher (Crystal Palace, loan from Chelsea), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United), Declan Rice (West Ham United), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)

Forwards: Tammy Abraham (AS Roma), Jarrod Bowen (West Ham United), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jack Grealish (Manchester City), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

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