Arsenal defender Ben White has been praised by Neil Warnock, in conversation with SPORTbible.
The 73-year-old took part in the online outlet’s challenge of managing the England team on Football Manager.
And White made the cut in Warnock’s World Cup starting XI, the Gunners star forming part of a three-man defence.
“He improved throughout the course of last season and I think he’s as good as anybody now,” said Warnock.
“And compared to the likes of [Harry] Maguire, [Tyrone] Mings and [Conor] Coady, he has that extra bit of pace that’ll be crucial against the bigger teams.”
White has impressed at Arsenal since his £50million move from Brighton last summer.
The 24-year-old made 37 appearances in all competitions in his debut season at the Emirates.
He formed a superb centre-back partnership with Gabriel Magalhaes, with only the top four keeping more clean sheets than Arsenal in 2021-22.
White has also been impressing at right-back, where he started in the Gunners’ Premier League opening-day win at Crystal Palace.
The £50million man weighed in with eight tackles, four clearances, one interception and one block.
So far, White has won just four caps for England, but in the coming months, he’ll surely be in contention to make Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad.
But before – and after – Qatar, he’ll be eager to keep up the good work for Arsenal in their pursuit of silverware and top-four this season.
From what we’ve seen in his first game this season, White looks like he’ll be crucial for Arteta and co.