Ben White names Lewis Dunk as "idol" despite admission he doesn’t watch football

Ben White has named Brighton and Hove Albion star Lewis Dunk as his football "idol" growing up – despite recently admitting he does not watch football in his free time.

The Arsenal defender revealed earlier this month that he never watched much football growing up and instead preferred playing the sport.

He also said that he continues to not watch football when not playing or training and prefers to do other things during his spare time in order to aid his concentration when he is playing.

Despite this, he has named Brighton captain Dunk as a player he admired while growing up.

Speaking to the Stadium Astro YouTube channel, White said: “I always watched Dunky [Lewis Dunk] when I was growing up.

“Obviously he was playing every week and had to go to the games so he was my main man that I’d watch.”

White had said: "I watch myself for analytical reasons. I watch England, maybe, but I'm always busy doing something. I wouldn't just sit down and watch a game."

Dunk moved into the Brighton first team from the academy in 2010 aged 18 and has gone on to become the club's captain, guiding them into the Premier League in 2017.

White also came through the Seagulls' youth setup after joining the club from Southampton as a teenager.

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Following loan spells at Newport County, Peterborough United and Leeds United, White broke into the Brighton first team last season and played alongside Dunk 34 times in all competitions.

His form for the club earned him an England call-up and a £52million move to Arsenal in the summer, where he has started seven of their nine league matches this season.

He has only missed the defeats to Chelsea and Manchester City through injury as the Gunners have recovered from a slow start to the campaign.

However, White did reveal earlier this month that he does not know much about Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira, despite wearing his famous number four shirt.

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