Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta believes any manager would want the versatility Ben White has, following the defender’s England omission.
The 24-year-old has been left out of the latest Three Lions selection for UEFA Nations League games against Italy and Germany.
It means the centre-back will not get the opportunity to showcase his talents in an England shirt before the World Cup in Qatar in November.
White has featured in the right-back role and centre-back position under Arteta this season, proving his versatility, something England manager Gareth Southgate usually likes.
And the ex-Brighton defender’s domestic boss certainly seems surprised by the omission.
“He’s played in both positions, sometimes he’s been selected, sometimes he’s not,” Arteta said.
“I think to have versatile players that can play at the level that Ben can in both positions – central defender and full-back – is something in my opinion that any manager wants, especially when you go for a tournament in which a lot of things can happen.
“That’s Gareth’s decision and his coaching staff.
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“What I can tell you is whenever Ben gets the call he will be ready.”
“Gareth picks the best team, the best squad that he believes is for now. it doesn’t mean it’s going to be the case in November,” Arteta added.
“The squad that they have is incredible and everything that we can do to help Ben we are trying to do.
“I think Ben is giving a lot of reasons to be selected and that’s all we can do.”
Arteta also provided an update on midfielder Emile Smith Rowe, who has been struggling with a persistant groin injury.
The 22-year-old is yet to start any of the Gunners’ six Premier League matches so far, and was even seen limping off during a warm-down after Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat to Manchester United.
“That’s been an ongoing issue that he’s had,” Arteta added.
“He’s had some discomfort in the groin area and hasn’t had any continuity this season.
“We’re trying to help him in any way we can because we need him.”
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