Ben White didn’t expect late England call up as he admit he was speechless when called upon to replace Alexander-Arnold.
England defender Ben White didn’t expect the late England call up for the 2020 European competition.
The Brighton defender was initially in the provisional 33-man squad but was not included in the 26-man squad for Euro.
White was called up late as a replacement for the Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold due to injury he sustained in the friendly.
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White admits that he was speechless when he received the late call up from Southgate for the Euro 2020.
“It’s been very surreal, obviously I didn’t think this was going to be happening,” said the 23-year-old. “I thought I was going to be somewhere hot, in Portugal or something like that.
“It’s mind-blowing really I didn’t expect any of this to happen, even being in the 33-man squad was enough for me. To make it to the final squad was unbelievable.
“I got a call from someone at Brighton telling me the manager was going to call me and I was just waiting for the call.
Asked what it felt like to be told he was in the squad, he added: “I don’t think I’ve let it settle in yet. It’s something that I have never felt before, news like that doesn’t normally come around.
“I was just speechless really, and it felt amazing.”