Brighton defender Ben White reveals he 'cried for an hour' after being told of England Euro 2020 call-up

BEN WHITE has revealed he 'cried for an hour' after learning of his call-up to England's provisional Euro 2020 squad.

The Brighton centre-back, 23, was included in Gareth Southgate's expanded, 33-man squad for this summer's tournament.

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The group will be whittled down to just 26 players by June 1, with the Three Lions boss giving players time to recover from various injuries with others still in action ahead of Saturday's Champions League final.

White has revealed he was left in shock but 'over the moon' after his first-ever call-up to the international set-up.

White told Sky Sports News: "I got a phone call while I was out for dinner, I didn't really believe it!

"[When I was] told me all the news, when I was going, it was obviously unbelievable.

"I put the phone down, rang my mum straight away, sat down there, cried…

"Mum was crying, my dad, had all my sisters there and, yeah, I just sat and cried for about an hour.

"I couldn't really believe it and I don't think it's settled in yet.

"I didnt really think that I would be called, I thought it was a bit too late.


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"I've heard you get called way before it and you know, but I obviously didn't.

"When that call did come I was over the moon with it and shocked really.

"No pressure, I've got to go what I've got to do, do my best and if I get game time, I've got to produce my quality and show what I've got."

At the time of his squad announcement, Southgate explained his reasoning for adding White and Everton star Ben Godfrey to his long-list.

Southgate said: "They are both exciting young defenders, there are others we have been looking at that we really like.

"These two are flexible, they play in different roles, this is a great opportunity to get to them a bit better for them to work with the team.

"There is no way of knowing how long they will be with us at this stage but it should be a fantastic experience for them."

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