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Bridge left in lurch with Capello focus fully trained on Terry talks

Wayne Bridge is unhappy that he will not get the opportunity to talk face to face with Fabio Capello before the England manager makes a decision on the future of John Terry's captaincy this weekend.

Bridge has been contacted by a member of the England camp over the fall-out from Terry's alleged affair with Vanessa Perroncel -- Bridge's ex-fiance -- but there has been no offer of a meeting between him and Capello.

Judging by behind-the-scenes organising, it would appear that only Terry will speak directly to Capello, a meeting that is scheduled to take place today.

Those close to Bridge say that he would welcome the chance to have his say on the Terry-Perroncel saga with Capello. As the second-choice left-back, however, he is realistic and recognises that he is not the first consideration as Capello tries to solve the first major crisis of his reign as England manager.

Bridge has made no firm decisions yet on whether he plans to retire from international football, but the Man City man is likely to return to club action against Hull City tomorrow following an injury.


The meeting between Capello and Terry is now regarded as the key to the case. Capello is eager to buy himself some time to make the decision on Terry's future and may not make an announcement today about his intentions.

He recognises though that he has to say something this weekend with his first official public appearance after the Euro 2012 qualifying draw on Sunday when it is traditional that the England manager makes himself available for questions.

If Terry is looking for precedent to dictate how Capello will feel about a captain whose misdemeanours have set off a clamour for him to be sacked, he will take encouragement from the case of Fabio Cannavaro.

Commentators in Italy have pointed out that Capello comes from a country with a football culture -- not to mention a political culture -- that has been forgiving in the extreme to its transgressors.

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None more so than Cannavaro (36), the hero of Italy's 2006 World Cup win. Before the competition, he was implicated in the 'Calciopoli scandal' which involved major figures and clubs in Italian football in the alleged rigging of matches.

Cannavaro's acquiescence led to calls for him to be stripped of the captaincy by Italian sports minister Giovanna Melandri, calls ignored by Italy coach Marcello Lippi.

All those complaints were later forgotten following Italy's victory in Berlin that summer. (© Independent News Service)

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