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England suffer blow with Arsenal star Ben White a doubt for Wales clash as defender misses training through illness


England defender Ben White missed training with illness on the eve of the Three Lions clash against Wales.

The Arsenal star is yet to play a minute at the 2022 World Cup, being benched for his country’s Group B clashes against Iran and the United States.

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White was absent from training on Monday as his side prepared for Friday’s clash

But despite his lack of involvement so far, White’s potential absence will be a blow to manager Gareth Southgate given he would have been a back-up for first-choice centre-back duo Harry Maguire and John Stones. .

The 23-year-old has also been in fine form for Premier League leaders Arsenal and would be a solid alternative for the Three Lions in defence.

But while White missed training at Al Wakrah Sports Complex due to illnessEngland have been boosted by the return of Leicester City playmaker James Maddison to training on Saturday.

The Foxes star had been absent from training and England’s opening matches with a knee injury but is now in full training.

The Three Lions are just one day away from their final Group B clash, with them facing domestic rivals Wales.

Southgate’s side currently top the group with four points, with Iran second with three, the United States with two and Wales with one bottom of the group.

However, all countries still have a chance to qualify for the Round of 16.

England will have to avoid defeat by more than four goals to qualify for the round of 16.

You can listen to the final match of the Three Lions group stage live on talkSPORT, with kick-off scheduled for 7pm.



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