Pearce cools Terry & Bridge issue
Stuart Pearce is confident there not be any problems between John Terry and Wayne Bridge.
Last Updated: 23/02/10 6:13pm
Stuart Pearce is confident there will not be any problems between John Terry and Wayne Bridge when they link up with England.
The pair are expected to be named in Fabio Capello's squad for next week's friendly with Egypt and that will come in the wake of revelations over the duo's private lives.
It has been questioned whether Bridge would be willing to play alongside Terry for the national team.
Bridge and Terry could come face-to-face with each other this weekend for the first time since the scandal broke when Chelsea entertain Manchester City, but Pearce, who is a member of Capello's backroom team, does not anticipate any problems between the pair if they are selected in the squad to face Egypt.
"I don't see it being an issue," said Pearce. "We had a situation that I didn't feel warranted a week's worth of front-page news.
"Most people have backed the way that Fabio has handled it and now I don't think there will be a problem at all.
"When you turn up to represent England, the only thing that is important is England winning.
"People will be professional. Forever and a day there have been individuals in dressing rooms who don't get on with each other.
"But you leave all that to one side when you turn up to represent your country. That is the only thing that matters."
If Terry is called up for the Egypt game it will be his first game since he lost the England captaincy, but Pearce is hopeful the Chelsea defender will not be affected by losing the honour of skippering his country.
"You will never alter the way John Terry plays," added Pearce. "He is a fantastic leader of men. That is why he was made captain of Chelsea and England.
"He is selfless and puts the team before himself.
"He will continue to do the same things, on the pitch and in the dressing room, as he has always done.
"What it will do is give a massive lift to Rio Ferdinand because he is now the permanent England captain until Fabio decides that is not the case.
"But there are also a few other people in the side, the likes of (Wayne) Rooney and (Frank) Lampard, who have captaincy ingredients. It is not just about the fellow who wears the armband."