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Bridge too far as Wayne quits England

Wayne Bridge today announced that he was quitting the England national team.

The Manchester City defender released a short statement this morning claiming his presence within the national squad was potentially “divisive” and that he did not wish to be selected.

This is the latest twist in the explosive John Terry affair and comes just days before the two are due to face each other in the Premier League when Chelsea take on City at Stamford Bridge.

Earlier this month there were allegations that Terry had an affair with the former girlfriend of Bridge, sparking huge debate about how it would impact on England’s World Cup hopes.

With first choice left back Ashley Cole injured, Bridge was expected to play against Egypt next Wednesday, but that won’t be the case now.

Bridge’s 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.”

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