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Ben White: England Defender Leaves World Cup Base to Return Home for ‘Personal Reasons’

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Ben White has left England’s World Cup training base in Qatar to return home for “personal reasons”.

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

The 25-year-old was included in Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad for the World Cup following an impressive start to the season with the Gunners.

White did not feature in England’s first two Group B matches and missed Tuesday’s 3-0 win against Wales through illness.

“We ask that the player’s privacy is respected at this moment in time,” a statement from the Football Association read.

No replacements can be made at this stage of the World Cup and Arsenal shared the FA’s statement on their social media channels, along with the caption “We’re all with you, Ben” and a love heart emoji.

England begin their knockout phase with a last-16 clash against Senegal on Sunday after topping Group B.

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