Ben White

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Ben White

Ben White signed for Albion's academy in 2016, following his release from Southampton.

After progressing through Albion’s youth ranks, White became a consistent figure for the under-23s, while also featuring on the bench for the first team on numerous occasions during the 2016/17 season.

The central defender made his professional debut against Colchester United in the first round of the EFL Cup in 2016, when the Seagulls ran out 4-0 winners at the Amex Stadium.

White also played 90 minutes in the next round at Oxford United, with Albion winning 4-2 on that occasion.

A move to Sky Bet League Two side Newport County saw the defender play 51 times for the Exiles during the 2017/18 campaign, scoring one goal and laying on five assists.

After spending the opening half of the 2018/19 season with Albion’s under-23s, White secured a loan move to Peterborough United, which allowed him to experience action in England’s third tier.

The 23-year-old had a stellar-season at Leeds United in 2019/20, going onto be a regular in Marcelo Bielsa's side, as they won promotion to the Premier League as champions.

He played in every league game, netting an impressive strike in his final game for Leeds against Charlton Athletic.

White signed a new four-year contract with Albion in September 2020, and went onto make his Premier League debut later on that month in a 3-1 home defeat to Chelsea.

He went onto play the most amount of minutes of any Albion player in the 2020/21 season, making 36 Premier League appearances.

His form caught the eye of England boss Gareth Southgate, who handed White his first senior cap for his country in June 2021 against Austria, before making his first start in a 1-0 victory over Romania.

After initially missing out on England's Euro 2020 squad, White replaced injured Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold in the team.