Bridge admits England surprise
By Stephen Bateman
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Wayne Bridge says he was not expecting an England recall so soon after injury.
Wayne Bridge has spoken of his surprise at being handed an England recall so soon after his recovery from injury.
The Chelsea defender struggled to keep up with the pace of Saturday's friendly against Argentina after being welcomed back into the fold following a lengthy lay-off due to an ankle injury, and was eventually replaced at half time.
Bridge told Chelsea TV that he was on holiday in Venice when he was informed of the possibility that he could be receiving a call from Sven Goran Eriksson.
"I didn't know I was going to be called up," he confessed. "I went to Venice and was supposed to go for three or four days but obviously I came back early. I heard I could be in the squad so I prepared myself for it and, obviously, I got the call.
"It's good to be back in the England thing. I played 45 minutes and would have liked to have played longer but I thought I played okay."
The full back was held accountable for Argentina's opening goal when Maxi Rodriguez breezed past him before pulling the ball back for Hernan Crespo to fire home.
"I made a little mistake for the goal when I got beaten too easily but that happens in football. Maybe it was a loss of concentration but it won't happen again. I'm just working hard to make sure that I keep strong."
Bridge added that, upon his return from international duty, the Chelsea backroom staff had continued working on his injury.
"I've been away with England and come back and it feels stiff and weak again after one training session, so they did a lot of massage and work on it, as with England you don't get that."