Capello pleased with Bridge
Roberto Mancini has been told by Fabio Capello that Wayne Bridge remains important for England.
Last Updated: 15/02/10 4:10pm
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has been told by Fabio Capello that Wayne Bridge remains important for England.
It had been questioned whether Bridge would be in the frame England's upcoming friendly with Egypt in the wake of the John Terry scandal.
Terry was stripped of the England captaincy over an alleged affair with Bridge's ex-girlfriend.
Bridge is expected to start the Egypt friendly after Ashley Cole fractured his ankle against Everton, an injury that means he is a doubt to miss this summer's World Cup finals.
The City left-back could well line up alongside Terry in Capello's starting XI and he checked up on Bridge's form in their FA Cup weekend draw with Stoke.
Mancini spoke with Capello after the full-time whistle and has assured his full-back that the Italian tactician liked what he saw from Bridge.
"Wayne played very well," said City manager Mancini.
"He is a good player who can play for the national team and I expect him to do so.
"That is what he [Capello] told me and I think it is important for him."