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Bridgegate rumbles on

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As we look towards the England/Egypt friendly tomorrow night, the scandal nicknamed Bridgegate is still rumbling on.

Although Wayne Bridge has withdrawn from England duty for the time being, there has been calls from both Wayne Rooney and Fabio Capello for fans not to boo Terry when he steps onto the Wembley pitch tomorrow.

The England manager has been quoted as saying, “You have to understand that privately some players were not so good, but on the pitch it is different. We wear the England shirt and it is really important they help us every moment. I hope that tomorrow the crowd help us and do not boo him.” and Wayne Rooney reflected this plea, “He [Terry] hasn’t got the armband but he’s still a great player and a great leader,”.

There has been plenty of opinions given on Terry’s off the field revelations. Although Capello felt it necessary to strip him of the arm band, he has still been included in the squad and therefore he feels that his quality on the pitch far overshadows whatever he is doing off the pitch.

I’d find it hard to believe that every England fan in that crowd tomorrow night is going to have a problem with Terry and is going to boo him. Although he suffered abuse from the crowd in the Manchester City match, that is in an entirely different context. Manchester City/Chelsea was a competitive fixture with alot riding on the result of the match. Fans booing Terry at that match may have been doing it to unnerve him to contribute to Chelsea losing the match, which is what eventually happened.

England matches are slightly different in the fact that the majority of England will be backing the team tomorrow night. Of course people are allowed to have their own opinions on what has happened off the field, but surely, rather than booing him on the pitch and affecting the rest of the team, it would be better just to ignore John Terry full stop. No reaction to him whatsoever makes just as much of a statement than booing him for the whole 90 minutes.

He is no longer the England captain. Lets refocus ourselves onto the forthcoming World Cup campaign, rather than being preoccupied with non-existant handshakes or making noises at him at matches.

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Written by Nicole Carroll

March 2, 2010 at 3:57 pm

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  1. The bridgegate matter has been blown out of porpotions now – i agree with you that we have to focus on the world cup and not this.

    Locksmith Nottingham

    March 2, 2010 at 9:03 pm

  2. Now im all for abusing certain players in football matches, Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard spring to mind, but i would never dream about booing an England player, there out there playing there best (sometimes lol) and reprisenting out nation. on to more pressing matters, i think that if we had a full strength defence and someone who can partner Rooney up front i think that we can win the world cup, or get further than the last few attempts anyway.

    Will Fazack

    March 2, 2010 at 11:41 pm


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