Warnock recognises opportunity
Aston Villa defender Stephen Warnock recognises he now has a golden ticket to go to the World Cup.
Last Updated: 25/02/10 7:08pm
Aston Villa defender Stephen Warnock recognises he has a golden ticket to go to the World Cup following Wayne Bridge's decision to make himself unavailable for England.
Manchester City left-back Bridge announced he had pulled out of international duty in a statement through his lawyers on Thursday.
The former Chelsea player made up his mind in the wake of the revelations regarding ex-England captain John Terry's relationship with one of his former girlfriends.
With Ashley Cole racing to recover from a broken ankle in time for the start of the World Cup in June, Warnock has emerged as the leading contender to act as deputy.
He said of the selection headache now facing England boss Fabio Capello: "That is the manager's decision at the end of the day, who he picks and who he thinks is right for the job.
"All I can do is concentrate on my form for Aston Villa and hopefully that is enough to impress the manager."
He added: "I was pushing for it anyway. I always felt that if my form was good enough and if I could push Wayne Bridge as hard as I could I would be happy with that.
"But obviously with the events that have unfolded, then possibly it opens the door and you never know what could happen."
Warnock will hope to impress Capello when Villa take on Manchester United in the Carling Cup final on Sunday, with the squad to face Egypt due to be announced.