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Alan Green: Wayne’s right not to try to Bridge the Terry gap

I cannot understand any criticism of Wayne Bridge over his decision to refuse to play for England this week.

Bridge isn’t the guilty party. John Terry clearly is. He was the one who had an affair with his ‘best friend’s’ partner. He got her pregnant. He arranged for her abortion. What has Bridge done wrong? Refuse to shake Terry’s hand? Refuse to play alongside him?

What should he have done instead? Put his arm around Terry and said: “I perfectly understand, old chap. I’d have done the same thing myself?”

Bridge didn’t ‘turn his back’ on England. He merely acknowledged that playing for his country would put him in an intolerable personal situation. And, remember, it’s not just about 90 minutes. Bridge would be committing himself to being alongside Terry for six weeks, hour after hour, this summer in South Africa.

Further, he’s being realistic. His absence would be no big deal if that other rogue Ashley Cole wasn’t injured.

Chelsea fans were pathetic at the weekend. Applaud Bridge, don’t berate him.

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