The logic: Wayne Bridge is a bit crap really (he is), so just because he happens to be England’s second-best left-back (arguably, and a long, long way behind Ashley Cole), doesn’t mean F-Cap has to waste a precious World Cup squad place on him.
James Milner, who looks increasingly like a Capello favourite and a good bet to go to South Africa, is versatile enough to deputise at left-back if Cole gets injured (which doesn’t happen much). The same goes for Gareth Barry, who I think can do a perfectly good job at LB. Right now, I’d say both Barry and Milner will make the final 23.
Better to use Bridge’s place to take an extra midfielder or forward, no? For example: I’d rather risk taking a 90 per cent-fit Joe Cole than a 100 per cent-fit Bridge.
What say you, you beautiful people? Vote below or speak your brains: