Wayne Bridge has pulled out! The left back says he does not want to shoot and he has opted for spilling it on the City of Manchester turf. "I don't want sloppy seconds. Ashley Cole, John Terry, all the others, they've all got stuck in before me. The whole squad will be sniggering behind my back."
England coach Fabio Capello fails to understand what the problem is, but he is Italian and team mates sharing girlfriends comes as second nature to him.
John Terry, the other man in the saga, has so far kept away from Bridge. When they do meet on the pitch will Terry show his tackle to Bridge just like he did to a certain young lady?
For now Wayne Bridge is concentrating on his ball control. "I wish that bastard Terry had done the same."