Redknapp: Brave call by Bridge

BY foxsports • February 26, 2010

Bridge released a short statement on Thursday claiming his presence within the England side was "untenable and potentially divisive" and that he no longer wished to be selected by Fabio Capello. The move comes after newspaper allegations about a relationship between Bridge's former partner Vanessa Perroncel and John Terry, who was stripped of the England captaincy by Capello in the wake of the headlines. Tottenham manager Redknapp said: "I don't know whether it's the correct decision but it's Wayne's decision. "None of us can judge until they have been in the same position that Wayne is in. If someone went with your wife or your girlfriend or whoever... "It depends and it's his decision. Only Wayne can make that decision. Football-wise it's a massive loss for him not to go to the World Cup. It's a brave decision and he obviously feels that strongly about it. That's his decision and you have got to give him the greatest respect for making it. "The whole situation was sad in the first place. Wayne's made his decision on how he feels and it's a personal decision. No-one else can judge him, it's his life. "If he doesn't feel comfortable in that dressing room, or with everyone looking at him, he is the only one that can come to terms with what he's going through. Obviously it's affected him very badly to make him pull out of a World Cup squad. It's had a massive effect on his life." Redknapp added: "He's a terrific player and if Ashley Cole is not fit he's a terrific replacement but it's a personal decision. Who knows how he will greet John Terry on Saturday? How would you greet him if he had had an affair with your wife or girlfriend? "It has been a brave decision to walk out of a team that I think can win the World Cup." The decision is a blow to Capello, who has injury concerns over first-choice left-back Cole and would surely have deployed Bridge in his place. And Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce believes former Rovers man Stephen Warnock is the right man to fill Bridge's boots. "After that you have to look round the country and you have to point to our old left-back Stephen Warnock," he said. "He's playing for a team that could finish in the top four, are in a major cup final on Sunday and could be in the FA Cup final as well. "He has had a fantastic season and form suggests he would be the right replacement to fit in if Ashley Cole is not going to make it through injury."

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