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England's Wayne Bridge withdraws from internationals


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Manchester City defender Wayne Bridge has made himself unavailable for England selection, thereby ruling himself out this summer's World Cup.

In a statement released by his lawyers, Bridge, 29, said his position in the national squad had become "untenable and potentially divisive".

The left-back has been in the spotlight over allegations that his ex-girlfriend had a relationship with John Terry.

England coach Fabio Capello stripped Terry of the captaincy this month.

In Bridge's statement released on Thursday, he added: "I have thought long and hard about my position in the England football team in the light of the reporting and events over the last few weeks.

"It has always been an honour to play for England. However, after careful thought I believe my position in the squad is now untenable and potentially divisive.

"Sadly therefore I feel for the sake of the team and in order to avoid what will be inevitable distractions, I have decided not to put myself forward for selection.

"I have today informed the management of this decision. I wish the team all the very best in South Africa."

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interesting news, we all know it should be terry ruling himself out... but we also all know that terry is the 'better' and more experienced player..

shame for wayne, but it does seem that he doing it for the good of the team :P

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This is not good news at all. Looking at the team overall, I think he should have accepted but he wouldn't have gotten along with Terry. You're probably right Rappy, it does mean retirement for him. I just hope not.

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This is not good news at all. Looking at the team overall, I think he should have accepted but he wouldn't have gotten along with Terry. You're probably right Rappy, it does mean retirement for him. I just hope not.

yeah I mean Terry will be around for a few more years yet and if he can't play with him then Bridge might as well do a Schole and retire early and concentrate on league

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bridge is an idiot. hes giving up the chance to play for England in the world cup because terry slept with his ex-girlfriend? terry could sleep with my mom if it meant i could play for england!!!!

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bridge is an idiot. hes giving up the chance to play for England in the world cup because terry slept with his ex-girlfriend? terry could sleep with my mom if it meant i could play for england!!!!

He might look at it differently..

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bridge is an idiot. hes giving up the chance to play for England in the world cup because terry slept with his ex-girlfriend? terry could sleep with my mom if it meant i could play for england!!!!

he would certainly of been first choice left back looking at Coles injury

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he would certainly of been first choice left back looking at Coles injury

true true, i think warnock should get the nod now, he does play his part in the tightest defence in the league this year

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yeah I mean Terry will be around for a few more years yet and if he can't play with him then Bridge might as well do a Schole and retire early and concentrate on league

I guess he probably will retire within a year if he doesn't join back into the team by then.

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I don't blame him.. if my best friend had an affair with my woman and worked in the same place I did.. I'd want to kick his *** but other than that not to see him which includes not working with him.. but then again.. my gf is not like a door knob..

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I don't blame him.. if my best friend had an affair with my woman and worked in the same place I did.. I'd want to kick his *** but other than that not to see him which includes not working with him.. but then again.. my gf is not like a door knob..

This is one thing that i'm nopt sure on. I thought that when the affair happened she was still with Bridge, but all recent articles i've seen call her is ex (which she is now since November I think). So, was the affair going on when she was with Bridge or not.

If they were together, then his position is entirely understandable.

If they weren't together, then it is none of his business, and he should get over himself.

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This is one thing that i'm nopt sure on. I thought that when the affair happened she was still with Bridge, but all recent articles i've seen call her is ex (which she is now since November I think). So, was the affair going on when she was with Bridge or not.

If they were together, then his position is entirely understandable.

If they weren't together, then it is none of his business, and he should get over himself.

I think they were together at the time of the affair, hence why it's become such a big deal.

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just watching the handshake that wasn't on motd... nice by bridge.

one thing i have to say though is that john terry must be a complete idiot. it's kinda trivial, but at a time when he should be keeping quiet and out of the spotlight, he comes onto the pitch with a ridiculous haircut, which can only be seen as an attempt to get attention...

i know its trivial, but i just don't get what he's thinking.

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If they weren't together, then it is none of his business, and he should get over himself.

It was his best mate, and his ex wife(perhaps wife at the time), that is his business tbh.

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