Match of the Day pundit Danny Murphy wants to see Ben White starting at the World Cup, but that doesn’t seem likely against Iran.

England's defender Ben White (L) vies with Switzerland's midfielder Steven Zuber (R) during the international friendly football match between England and Switzerland at Wembley stadium in north London on March 26, 2022. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)
England’s defender Ben White (L) vies with Switzerland’s midfielder Steven Zuber (R) during the international friendly football match between England and Switzerland at Wembley stadium in north London on March 26, 2022. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Ahead of the World Cup, 10 Arsenal players have been called up to their respective national team squads, but it’s not clear how many of them will actually get minutes on the pitch.

One of those whose gametime looks likely to be limited is Ben White, with England having so many good options at right-back and Gareth Southgate having his favourites at centre-back.

Yet Danny Murphy argues White should be in the starting lineup, even if that means shifting him back to a centre-back role following his recent appearances on the right for Arsenal.

“Ben White is playing the best football of his life,” Murphy told Betway.

“I don’t think it matters so much that Ben White has been playing right-back, because the same attributes still apply as a centre-half.

“He’s got an arrogance with the way he’s playing at the moment, he’s a good passer of the ball, he’s quick, he can leap…I’d like to see Ben White start alongside John Stones, personally.”

England v Croatia - European Championship: Ben White of Brighton and England during the pre-match warm-up during European Championship Group D between England and Croatia at Wembley Stadium, London on 13th June, 2021. Copyright: Action Foto Sport
England v Croatia – European Championship: Ben White of Brighton and England during the pre-match warm-up during European Championship Group D between England and Croatia at Wembley Stadium, London on 13th June, 2021. Copyright: Action Foto Sport

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look likely White will be in the starting lineup when England face Iran on Monday.

Rumours suggest Kieran Trippier, John Stones, Harry Maguire, and Luke Shaw will start the opening game, which isn’t really surprising. Those all feel like the kind of ‘safe picks’ Southgate usually makes.

Perhaps the Arsenal man can break in later in the group stage, particularly if England get a couple of good early results. For now, it looks like Murphy isn’t going to get his wish.

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