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Wayne Bridge quits England over John Terry row

Friday, February 26, 2010

Wayne Bridge has made himself unavailable for England selection following the affair between his ex-Chelsea team-mate John Terry and Vanessa Perroncel, the mother of his son.

Terry was axed as skipper soon after the revelations were exposed as a result of the lurid claims with Fabio Capello keen to maintain squad unity ahead of the World Cup finals.

Bridge was expected to play a key role for his country in the World Cup this summer with first-choice left-back Ashley Cole a major doubt for the tournament due to a fractured ankle.

But the Manchester City defender has now announced in a statement released by his lawyers that he no longer wishes to be considered for selection.

The statement read: "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."

Attention will now turn to who will fill the left-back void for England, with Everton defender Leighton Baines and Aston Villa's Stephen Warnock the leading candidates.

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