Bridge's announcement yesterday that he does not want to be selected for England duty at World Cup 2010, effectively retiring from international football, explaining that his position in the squad was now "untenable and potentially divisive", has only intensified media attention.
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He said: "Terry and Bridgey are adults and they will sort themselves out.
"They have been best friends for a long time. It's unfortunate this happened but they will go into the game as professionals. Whatever happens, happens.
Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou added: "They are going to try and fight for their teams. And that's the most important thing.
"The talking should be about the game. What happened before is in the past."