Soccer-England defender White leaves World Cup for personal reasons


FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - England Training - Al Wakrah SC Stadium, Al Wakrah, Qatar - November 18, 2022 England's Ben White during training REUTERS/Hannah Mckay

DOHA (Reuters) - Defender Ben White has left the England camp and gone home for personal reasons, the FA said in a statement on Wednesday, adding that he was not expected to return to the tournament.

White, normally a central defender but who has been operating as right back for Premier League table-topping Arsenal this season, was something of a surprise inclusion in the squad.

He missed training two days ago, with the FA saying he was ill.

White, who has four caps, was called up as a late replacement for last year's European Championship but did not feature.

(Reporting by Mitch Phillips, editing by Ed Osmond)

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