The Bridge Saga

25 02 2010

It’s now been confirmed that Wayne Bridge, the Manchester City left-back, will not be making himself available for both the friendly against Egypt on March 3rd, but more importantly the World Cup.

In the past month there has been a whole media fiasco over his former fiancé, and mother to his child, having an affair with none other than former team-mate and best friend John Terry. This resulted in the then skipper of England to be removed of his duties, passing that over to Rio Ferdinand, we think.

Not On The Best Of Terms

Terry And Bridge - Not On The Best Of Terms

Bridge had kept himself adrift from the media, stating he wanted some time to consider the situation. Today he has stated the reason for his “retirement” is he feels his position in the squad is ‘untenable and potentially divisive’.

With Ashley Cole, who has followed a bad example of media exposure, ruled out for three months after fracturing a bone in his ankle, Bridge looked like he would slot in as a respectable understudy.

Is his a decision a massive blow to England? The verdict is mixed. The defender hasn’t been the same since he picked up some serious injuries in his Chelsea days, but his wealth of experience, particularly at the International stage, would have been important to England coach Fabio Capello.

He has struggled this season for both fitness and form at his latest team, Manchester City. But there are a couple of names who will be determined to get themselves in that starting 11 against Egypt.

Leighton Baines has been every present this season for his team Everton, similar to his rival in the squad Stephen Warnock. What Capello will be weary of is that both lads have little/no International experience. Now that could pay costly. Joleon Lescott could slot in at left back as well but his form has been questioned as well this season, and he might have to play in the centre of defence if Ferdinand continues his struggle for a run in the team.

Kieran Gibbs was looking a good shout to break into the senior squad this season, but a broken metatarsal has ruled him out for the season.

So Fabio Capello not only has a problem in-goal, but also on one flank. England, who are joint second favourites by the bookies, will be hoping no more injuries happen in the lead up, which seems ominous with the recent record: Wayne Rooney, Gary Neville and David Beckham to name a few.

Next week Capello can experiment and will be hoping for the player who is given the big boots to fill of Cole will be able to step up to the task.

Maybe Terry not being able to keep his trousers on could be a weird blessing somewhere down the line.

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