Ben White dropped out of the national team for personal reasons during the tournament
England national soccer team defender Ben White (25), left the team during the World Cup for personal reasons.
BBC reported on the 1st (Korea Standard Time) that “defender Ben White left the England national team in Qatar and returned home due to personal reasons.”
The English Football Association (FA) also reported White’s departure on the same day, saying, “White is not expected to return to the national team even in the remaining tournaments.”
It is not known why White left the national team. However, the English Football Association added, “I ask you to respect the privacy of the player at this moment.”
White’s team Arsenal also sent a message of support on the club’s official SNS, saying, “We are all by your side.”
This concludes White’s first World Cup journey without ever playing in the tournament. He was listed as a substitute in the group stage matches against Iran and the United States, but was not called, and he was not on the list at all in the final group stage match against Wales.
Meanwhile, England, which finished the group stage with two wins and one draw and succeeded in advancing to the round of 16 as the top of Group B, will compete with Senegal for the quarterfinals at 4 a.m. on the 5th.