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Ex-England fullback Mills tells Arsenal defender White: You're not good enough

Former Manchester City fullback Danny Mills says Arsenal defender Ben White isn't good enough for England.

White has found himself playing at right-back for the Gunners this term, with William Saliba and Gabriel being Mikel Arteta's preferred pairing.

And Mills, discussing England's options, told talkSPORT: “I think it's really difficult in defence because there is a real lack of quality at centre-half. It's a big issue. Lack of experience and quality in there. (Harry) Maguire has been there, seen it, done it in big tournaments.

"(John) Stones picks up another injury. If he is not fit, you have to pick (Eric) Dier, because who else is there? White isn't good enough to play centre-back for Arsenal. (Fikayo) Tomori and (Marc) Guehi have six caps between them.

“You're going into a major tournament. It's not about playing scintillating football, it's about not losing games. England will get out of the group and then it's about beating the big teams. You need players you know who have experience in that."

Mills shot down White's hopes of making the squad for Qatar by claiming he is not of the required standard to play for the Three Lions.

“You can't throw Tomori and Guehi into that. Maguire hasn't been playing so you need to give him game time. He missed a load of games leading up to the Euros and got into the team of the tournament," Mills added.

“Defensively, we are weak. A couple of injuries and we are in serious trouble. Maguire has to play because there aren't the options. They're [the other options] not international quality. The step up is massive, absolutely huge.

"You can't just throw untried, untested players in. Especially in a partnership. I think (Conor) Coady is next on the list. You know what you're going to get, he's got a few caps, he's solid, he's steady, he's a good lad, he's a good pro.

"He won't cause issues if he's not getting picked."



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