Aaron Ramsdale and Bukayo Saka are in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the upcoming international break, but Ben White has missed out.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND: Aaron Ramsdale makes a save from Giovanni Di Lorenzo of Italy as Kieran Trippier of England looks on during the UEFA Nations League - League A Group 3 match between England and Italy at Molineux on June 11, 2022. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND: Aaron Ramsdale makes a save from Giovanni Di Lorenzo of Italy as Kieran Trippier of England looks on during the UEFA Nations League – League A Group 3 match between England and Italy at Molineux on June 11, 2022. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Gareth Southgate announced his squad for the upcoming international break on Thursday, with Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsdale and Bukayo Saka both included.

This break is a particularly big opportunity for Ramsdale, given Jordan Pickford’s injury.

Ramsdale arguably comes into the break as England’s current first-choice goalkeeper, and a good performance or two could see him making another step towards displacing Pickford for the actual tournament.

That’s all the more important after the disappointing display from Ramsdale and the rest of the England team against Hungary in their last match. They’ll all be looking to bounce back with wins against a couple of top opponents in Italy and Germany.

The bad news is that Ben White has been left out. Despite being a regular starter in an Arsenal defence that has generally performed well recently, White has seen Conor Coady, Eric Dier, Marc Guehi, Harry Maguire, John Stones, and Fikayo Tomori called up ahead of him.

Some of those call-ups are unsurprising, but others will leave White wondering what more he could do to reclaim a space in the squad.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Ben White and Bukayo Saka of Arsenal warm up prior to the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on April 23, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Ben White and Bukayo Saka of Arsenal warm up prior to the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on April 23, 2022. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

You’d imagine Southgate’s non-selection of White largely revolves around the fact the defender is playing at right-back at the moment, rather than at centre-back.

But with England often utilising a back three and White’s “right-back” role often indistinguishable from a right-centre-back in a three, that would be an odd reason to leave him out.

It’s not as if White has played badly in his new role for Arsenal. He’s arguably been one of the most consistent members of the defence for the team currently leading the Premier League. That’s evidently not enough.

For Arsenal fans, the upside is that White will get a rest over the next couple of weeks.

Emile Smith Rowe has also been left out of the England senior squad as he recovers from injury.

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