Ben White has withdrawn from the England squad with an injury as Kieran Tierney targets a pre-season return from the knee injury that ended his season early.

NORWICH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Bukayo Saka celebrates with teammate Ben White of Arsenal after scoring their team's first goal during the Premier League match between Norwich City and Arsenal at Carrow Road on December 26, 2021 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 26: Bukayo Saka celebrates with teammate Ben White of Arsenal after scoring their team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Norwich City and Arsenal at Carrow Road on December 26, 2021 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

Ben White has withdrawn from Gareth Southgate’s England squad as his hamstring problems continue to cause an issue.

The defender will continue his rehabilitation ‘in house’.

Bukayo Saka and Aaron Ramsdale have joined up with the England squad before their double-header against Hungary and games against Italy and Germany in June.

Kieran Tierney, meanwhile, is targeting a return to action in time for pre-season.

Speaking to the Scottish S*n, Tierney said, “We played Wolves at home in February and I felt something in my knee in the first half.

“I told the physios and we tested it, but it was fine and it also wasn’t that sore.

“I carried on playing for Arsenal, then reported for Scotland duty and played twice with no problems. I came back completely fine. Then I was doing some leg exercises in the gym and my left knee clicked.

“I instinctively felt it wasn’t right and that I should probably go for a scan. I wasn’t in any great pain. I’d played for Arsenal and we’d been winning, then for Scotland I got a goal and an assist. So there had been nothing to worry about after that Wolves match.

“But the scan result came back and suddenly I’m needing an op. It was so unfortunate.

“The verdict was 12 weeks — and it was gutting when I realised the games I’d miss for Arsenal and Scotland.

“Whenever I have been given a timeframe for recovery I’ve always aimed to get back earlier,” he added.

“I push myself as hard as I can, it’s the only way I know.

“I’m a terrible spectator. Not being able to do anything to help the team, I hate it. My target is to be back for the end of June and the start of pre-season at Arsenal. I’m on course for that. My rehab’s going well.

“And I can’t give the Arsenal sports science, fitness and medical staff enough credit. They are absolutely top notch. I couldn’t wish for a better support set-up here.

“Mentally and physically, the club provides every possible back-up for the players.”

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