Friday, March 5, 2010

FABIO CAPELLO will again beg Wayne Bridge to go to the World Cup.

England's boss still believes the Manchester City star is the best left-back cover for injured Ashley Cole.

Leighton Baines produced a tidy performance against Egypt but did not do enough to prove to Capello he should be ahead of Bridge in the pecking order.

And an England insider told SunSport: "Fabio has not given up on Wayne Bridge."

Capello's move will reignite the potentially explosive situation of Bridge and one-time pal John Terry sharing a dressing room in South Africa.

That was something Bridge felt he could not do at Wembley for the Egypt friendly and he pointedly refused to shake Terry's hand during City's clash with Chelsea last week.

Yet Capello feels time can be a healer and he is on record as saying the door is not closed on the player.

The insider added: "Unless Bridge categorically insists he will not go to the World Cup, the management will keep monitoring the situation."

We can reveal that were Capello to pick his 23-man squad tomorrow, the four strikers would be Wayne Rooney, Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe and Emile Heskey.

He would also choose three from four of David Beckham, Theo Walcott, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Aaron Lennon on the right side of midfield.

Meanwhile FA chairman Lord Triesman is confident Capello's handling of the recent England scandals has limited damage to the team's reputation.

Triesman acknowledged the harm potentially caused to the 2018 World Cup bid by the furore over Terry, Bridge and Ashley Cole, but backs Capello's strict moral code to KO doubters.

He said: "The authority of Fabio Capello in the England dressing room and over the squad he selects is absolute.

"There's respect around the world that we've put those decisions in the hands of a football person who plainly sets very exacting standards."

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