Declan Rice aims to convince Arsenal club-mate Ben White to end England exile

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Declan Rice will try to persuade Ben White to make himself available for England selection when he links up with his Arsenal teammate after the international break.

Gareth Southgate wanted to name White in his squad for this month’s friendlies against Brazil and Belgium, only for the defender to make clear he did not want to be considered for selection. The 26-year-old, who is capable of operating at centre-back and right-back, has not played for his country since making an early departure from the 2022 World Cup and there have been suggestions that his reticence to play for England stems from a disagreement with Southgate’s No 2, Steve Holland.

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