Benjamin William White, simply known as Ben White, is an English professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for the Premier League club Arsenal. England international was born on 8 October 1997 in Poole.
Ben started his youth career at Southampton before being released at the age of only 16, the defender was signed by Brighton, where he initially joined their academy.
Ben had spells on loan at Newport County of League Two, Peterborough United of League One and Leeds United.
At Elland Road, White played in every match, helping the Peacocks win the 2019–20 Championship and gain promotion to the Premier League.
Ben has played in all top four English divisions, making his way up from League Two to the highest league in the space of four campaigns.
Despite several teams registering their interest in White, the defender stayed at Brighton and signed a long-term deal with the Seagulls.
Ben played 36 Premier League games in the 2020–21 campaign, winning the Seagulls’ 2020–21 player of the season award. In July 2021, the English centre-back signed for Arsenal for £50m.
What is Ben White’s international career like?
In May 2021, Ben was named in the Three Lions’ provisional 33-man team for UEFA Euro 2020, with the competition taking place in the summer of 2021 due to the previous year’s delay as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
This was Ben’s first-ever call-up to the national side at any level. White was one of seven footballers cut from the team on 1 June, although the footballers who were cut stayed in the team for the two warm-up matches with Austria and Romania.
Ben played his debut game for the Three Lions, coming on as a substitute, replacing Jack Grealish in the 1–0 win against Austria at the Riverside Stadium in June.
White cleared a shot from Alessandro Schöpf off the line, preventing a late equaliser.
Ben became the fifth Brighton footballer to play for the Three Lions and the second in only under three years after the Seagulls teammate and captain Lewis Dunk was capped in November 2018.
White made his first start in the second and final warm-up game on 6 June, playing the whole match in the 1–0 win against Romania, again played at the Riverside Stadium.
On 7 June, Ben was named to the 26-man team for Euro 2020 as a replacement for the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold. Ben stayed unused in the competition where the Three Lions finished as runners-up in the Championships.