WAYNE Bridge has turned his back on England.
The Manchester City defender released a short statement this morning claiming his presence within the national squad was potentially "divisive" and that he did not wish to be selected.
It leaves Fabio Capello without both his first-choice left-backs for Wednesday’s friendly with Egypt.
In a statement Bridge said: "I have thought long and hard about my position in the England football team in the light of the reporting and events over the last few weeks.
It has always been an honour to play for England. However, after careful thought I believe my position in the squad is now untenable and 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.
I have today informed the management of this decision. I wish the team all the very best in South Africa."