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Jan 30, 2010

Bridge "couldn't stand to be in the same room" as Terry

Wayne Bridge "couldn't stand to be in the same room" as John Terry after finding out about his affair and may be tempted pull out of the England squad ahead of the World Cup, a source close to the player has revealed to Soccernet.

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The acid test for the FA over the incident will arrive when Fabio Capello selects his squad for the March 3 friendly with Egypt at Wembley, and whether Bridge asks to be omitted. The defender last played for his country with Terry against Belarus in October 2009, but the fact that the events have been made public may have an effect on his future decisions.

A source with intimate knowledge of the problems involving the England captain and Bridge told Soccernet: "I wouldn't be surprised if Wayne refuses to play for England.

"I know Wayne was livid and couldn't be in the same room as JT (Terry), so it will be interesting if Wayne is selected for the next squad, and he would feel about spending so much time together in South Africa

"If you asked me, right now I would say Wayne still couldn't stand to be in the same room as JT, and yet they were best mates at Chelsea.

"Wayne is injured right now, so maybe the problem for Fabio Capello would be averted and who knows how everyone will feel once it's all out of the public domain. I wouldn't be surprised if Wayne refused to be in the England squad. Yet, Wayne even has JT's agent, and it was JT who recommended him - Wayne feels really bad about it all."

Capello is not blessed with many quality defensive alternatives Terry, while changing captains so close to the tournament would be far too disruptive to contemplate. But the England boss doesn't have too many left-backs to choose from either, although unlike Terry, Bridge is second choice in his position, behind Chelsea's Ashley Cole.

Ironically, Cole and Bridge used to share the same agent, but Bridge changed agents when Cole signed for Chelsea and took Bridge's place in the team.

Bridge then agreed to move from Stamford Bridge to Manchester City rather than be understudy to Cole at both club and country.

Another source told Soccernet: "My information is that Wayne's former girlfriend Vanessa denies any affair with John Terry, but there is no doubt Wayne is p***ed off with him

"But Wayne has his own problems with Vanessa who is the mother of his child, and there are financial issues there too."

Meanwhile, in a statement issued by his lawyer, Bridge said: "I have read the press reporting in the last two days. The reports deal with matters which are of a deeply personal and private nature.

"My primary concern is the welfare of my son. Therefore, I intend to make no comment whatsoever either now or in the future about these reports and ask that my privacy is respected.''