Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher clash over Ben White’s controversial England snub

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Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher have not seen eye-to-eye regarding Ben White’s possible England involvement. The Arsenal defender said he didn’t want to be considered for international selection ahead of the recent friendlies. White left England’s World Cup squad midway through the tournament, citing mental health issues, and it has since been reported that he clashed with Gareth Southgate’s assistant, Steve Holland. The England boss has moved to dismiss that speculation but White remains out of the picture. The 26-year-old has been among the most impressive English defenders, proving himself just as effective as a right-back. Neville believes he would go straight in as a starter for his country – but Carragher is not so sure. The pair went at it on The Overlap as Carragher began: “I don’t think it should be made into a huge story because he’s not going to play anyway.” Neville though hit back, taking a very different view: “He will now though, Carra. He’d play him centre back, I think.” Neville also maintained that the two centre-halves who played against Belgium were far from impressive as England shipped two first-half goals. Carragher insisted that was easy to say with hindsight and that White wasn’t even playing centrally for his club. The ex-Liverpool man said: “It’s easy to say that now after the game, but he doesn’t play centre-back for his club and John Stones is the Ben White if you like – you’re not going to play Ben White and John Stones together as centre backs.” Harry Maguire and Stones are seen as the preferred partnership in this current England side with the Euros just months away. In the latest round of games Lewis Dunk got game time with Joe Gomez and Jarrad Branthwaite also options for Southgate. White could yet end the season as a Premier League winner as he remains a regular at Arsenal. Southgate is keen to have him in the squad and insists the door is open for a return. “As I’ve said to you, the door is open for us,” said the England boss. “That’s clearly difficult ahead of the Euros, where you’ve got players that have played all the way through but we have no idea of knowing who’s going to be available in that area of the pitch. I respected the situation as Arsenal have contacted us. So in the end, I know the conversation I had with him last March. I felt I should back away from it a little bit. But I’ve always left the door open. I was keen to bring him in this camp.” Join our new WhatsApp community and receive your daily dose of Mirror Football content. We also treat our community members to special offers, promotions, and adverts from us and our partners. If you don’t like our community, you can check out any time you like. If you’re curious, you can read our Privacy Notice.

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