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Ben White breaks silence after Arsenal star left England World Cup 2022 squad early

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Arsenal defender Ben White has broken silence after he joined up with the Gunners in Dubai following his sudden departure from the England World Cup squad in Qatar.

Ben White seems to be excited to be back with Arsenal after he joined up with Mikel Arteta’s men on their mid-season tour of Dubai ahead of the domestic restart.

The 25-year-old left England’s World Cup camp due to ‘personal reasons’ on November 30 as he returned back to the United Kingdom to be with his family. White did not feature in the Three Lions’ opening two group matches and missed their win over Wales through illness.

However, it has since been claimed that White’s premature exit stems from his fall-out with a key member of the coaching staff as well as struggling to fully integrate into the squad off the pitch, leaving him unhappy out in Qatar as a result.

After just over a week away from the England camp, White joined up with the rest of his Arsenal teammates in Dubai as they prepare to return to competitive action against West Ham on Boxing Day.

The Gunners face AC Milan and Juventus while out in the Middle East, but it is unknown whether the centre-back will feature in either game.

White, who was pictured in training on Monday, posted a message on his Instagram having joined up with his colleagues in Dubai. This is the first time White has put anything on social media since his departure from Qatar.

In a post that featured three photos of White, including one of him in the gym with some weights, he said: “We back baby.”

He also posted an image of him training with the rest of his teammates, and then another with just a straight photo of the Arsenal training jersey.

What has Gareth Southgate said about Ben White?

England boss Gareth Southgate was quizzed on Ben White’s alleged bust-up with Steve Holland in Friday afternoon’s press conference.

Southgate said: “Well, not really. What I’ve been shown was alleged and there was another word that was used.

“I think by commenting on the story I could be giving it any form of credibility, really.

“We explained why Ben left the camp and I think it’s important that that is respected, really.”

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