Capello open to Bridge return
England manager Fabio Capello has reiterated that 'the door is always open' for Wayne Bridge.
Last Updated: 02/03/10 5:02pm
England manager Fabio Capello has reiterated that 'the door is always open' for Wayne Bridge to return to international football.
The Manchester City left-back has made himself unavailable for the Three Lions in the wake of the allegations of a relationship between sacked England captain John Terry and one of his former girlfriends.
Bridge's decision has caused huge controversy, especially after he refused to shake hands with Terry before City's victory over Chelsea at the weekend, while also giving Capello a selection headache.
The England boss has been forced to pick Stephen Warnock and Leighton Baines in his squad for Wednesday's friendly with Egypt at Wembley as Ashley Cole is also absent as he races against time to recover from a broken ankle before the World Cup.
As Capello considers his options, he maintains that he would never turn his back on Bridge, telling a press conference shown live on Sky Sports News on Tuesday: "It is a private problem, not my problem.
"The door is always open and if Wayne Bridge wants to come back, the door is always open. Not only for him, for all the players. We are monitoring all the players."
The England boss also defended the omission of Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole from his squad, saying: "I saw a lot of the games Joe played after injury. He played so-so.
"The last game he played very well. He needs to play more games like that and if he does he will be here, probably."
Capello also spoke in support of defender Ryan Shawcross after the Stoke player's dismissal for the tackle which resulted in Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey's broken leg.
"I selected him before the game, which I watched on television," said the Italian. "I think the tackle was really hard, I'm upset for the Arsenal players, it was a really strong tackle but not to (intentionally) break the leg of the other player.
"I spoke twice to him, he's young and it's his first time with us. It's a little bit different for him and I'm happy he's here. I think to stay with us will help him to forget what happened."