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Last Updated: Thursday February 25 2010 15:16 GMT

Wayne Bridge withdraws from World Cup

Wayne Bridge

Wayne Bridge has said he doesn't want to be chosen for the next England football squad, which means he won't play in the World Cup in South Africa.

Wayne has been in the newspapers a lot lately because of claims that his ex-girlfriend had a relationship with his England team-mate John Terry.

Manager Fabio Capello sacked John Terry as England captain over the scandal.

Wayne said he was sad about his decision but felt his place in the squad could divide the team.

"It has always been an honour to play for England," he said.

"However, after careful thought I believe my position in the squad is now... potentially divisive.

"Sadly therefore, I feel for the sake of the team and in order to avoid what will be inevitable distractions, I have decided not to put myself forward for selection."

He said he wished the team all the best in South Africa.

Team spirit

His decision means Capello has a tough decision to make about who plays the left-back position in his World Cup squad.

England boss Fabio Capello
England boss Fabio Capello

Ashley Cole is currently resting a broken ankle and may not be well enough to play either.

He is also surrounded by newspaper gossip as he has just separated from his popstar wife, Cheryl Cole

Capello said one of his most important jobs for the England team was to encourage everyone to stay together and to get the team spirit back.