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10 May 2010 10:17:40

Roberto Mancini has revealed he has given up trying to persuade Wayne Bridge to reverse his decision to make himself unavailable for England. Bridge pulled out of the England set-up because he felt his presence in the same squad as John Terry could be potentially divisive after the pair's off-the-field problems. The Italian tried to talk him out of the decision and England boss Fabio Capello hoped he would be on the plane for the World Cup in South Africa. But Capello has been boosted by the return to full fitness of first choice left back Ashley Cole, who had been in jeopardy of missing the tournament after picking up a knee injury. Mancini dropped the left back for the game against West Ham playing Sylvinho and putting Javier Garrido and youngster Greg Cunningham ahead of him on the bench. It was seen as a possible farewell gesture to Sylvinho, but Mancini said he may yet land another year's contract ? with the extra Europa Cup workload in mind. ?Sylvinho is a fantastic man and a fantastic player who always works very well, and we will have to see about next season,? he said. Mancini will now head for Abu Dhabi later this week to put the finishing touches to City's strategy for success next season.| Submit Comments| Comments (12)| PrintWhat's this? Emaildel.icio.usDiggredditFacebookStumbleUponNewsvineGoogle BookmarksNetscapeTechnoratiWindows LiveYahoo! MyWebMa.gnolia


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