Ex-Liverpool & Wolves man 'saddened' by what Arsenal player has done

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A former Liverpool and Wolves defender is 'saddened' by Ben White's alleged decision to snub a callup to Gareth Southgate's latest England squad.

Arsenal defender Ben White has made headlines recently - though not for reasons that Gunners fans may appreciate. The former Leeds United loanee allegedly rejected a call-up to Gareth Southgate's England squad to face Brazil and Belgium - sparking controversy and throwing his status as an England player into disrepute.

In a recent interview, former England star Conor Coady has said he is 'saddened' by White's apparent decision to dodge international duty. He showed no ill will towards the player himself, describing him as 'phenomenal' and a 'great character to have around the place'. Additionally, he also believes that White 'deserves' to play for England.

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Previously, White had been a shoe-in for the England squad, given his status as an Arsenal first-team player and his adaptability across the backline. Now, however, it is unclear if he will receive another call-up, with his commitment to the Three Lions being brought into question.

Coady has won ten caps for England over the course of his career, with his first call-up coming in 2020. He has scored a single international goal so far - he was included in the Three Lions' squad for the 2022 World Cup, but failed to make an appearance.

What did Conor Coady say about Ben White's alleged decision?

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, Coady said: "When I was in the England squad and [White] was, he was a great character to have around the place. He is a great lad, first and foremost. How he trains, how he goes on about his business, he is top top drawer."

When asked if he was 'saddened' by White's decision, Coady replied: "Yeah, because I think he is a phenomenal player. What he is doing at this moment in time with Bukayo Saka down the right-hand side for Arsenal is, I think, incredible, and he deserves to play for his country."