Wayne Bridge’s ex-lover Vanessa Perroncel slams star as he quits England
Wayne Bridge's former partner, Vanessa Perroncel, says she is “very upset” by his decision to rule himself out of this summer's World Cup.
Bridge, who has been in the spotlight over allegations of an affair between Perroncel and Chelsea captain John Terry, said yesterday his position in the England squad was “untenable and potentially divisive”.
But lingerie model Miss Perroncel, who is represented by publicist Max Clifford, believes Bridge has made a mistake.
Mr Clifford said yesterday: “Vanessa is very upset at what Wayne has said today and that he has made this decision. She believes it's the wrong decision.”
Mr Clifford said she would not be commenting further.
In a statement released by his lawyers, Bridge (29) said: “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 wish the team all the very best in South Africa.”
England manager Fabio Capello stripped Terry of the national team captaincy in the wake of the allegations. On the same day, Ms Perroncel announced she would not be selling her story.
Mr Clifford said: “As the alleged affair happened after they had split up, you would think he would be able to move on and take the greatest opportunity that he will ever get in his playing career.
“Whilst I can understand these thoughts and feelings, to take it to this degree, surely the only person he's hurting is himself.
“The ultimate for any player is to represent his country in the World Cup, particularly when we have a realistic chance of doing well. I would have assumed that Wayne Bridge and John Terry would have sorted out their differences man to man in the weeks gone by but obviously not.
“Can you imagine if we miss out or lose the World Cup because of having someone at left back who isn't up to it?
“I really think that Wayne should think long and hard and reconsider. I think he's letting himself down as well as his country.”
Retired England football coach Lawrie McMenemy described Bridge as a “sensitive type of lad”.
He told Radio 5 Live: “I think he has been very hurt by what has happened.
“He has made a massive decision which is a great great pity for him personally.”
Bridge was expected to take the place of first-choice left-back Ashley Cole, who may be ruled out because of a broken ankle.