Coleman backing for Bridge
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Chris Coleman feels Wayne Bridge just needs to play to secure his World Cup place.
Fulham manager Chris Coleman feels Wayne Bridge just needs to get some games under his belt to secure his place in England's World Cup squad.
Bridge has struggled with injuries over the past two seasons and having just made his return to the England set-up, was carried off on a stretcher during his country's friendly with Uruguay at the start of February.
The former Southampton defender made a quicker than expected recovery from that ankle injury and is expected to return to Fulham's starting line-up against Portsmouth on Saturday.
Coleman says that while Ashley Cole remains on the sidelines through injury, his left back is the only other option open to Sven Goran Eriksson.
"I know Ashley Cole, who is an excellent player, is coming back from injury but I see Wayne as one of the best left backs, but he needs games," the Welshman admitted.
"All he needs is to get through some games, keep the standard up that he's shown since he's been here and if he does that, I'm convinced he'll be going to the World Cup.
"If it was me, and I'm not telling anyone how to do their job, of course he would be straight into the squad.
"All Wayne has to do is concentrate on his own game, not try to do anything too much and he'll get noticed anyway."
Coleman also added that his side are now just four points shy of securing their top-flight status for another season.
"It's not easy but I've told my players not to approach this game like we've got one foot in the comfort zone.
"If we get another win and a draw we should be safe but we can't relax, we have to finish this season as strongly as we can."