Fabio Capello is still open to Wayne Bridge returning to the England fold.
However, Capello will try to talk the defender round before he selects his 23-man squad for this summer's extravaganza.
"I was flying back from Milan when Wayne Bridge announced that he would not be with us for the Egypt match and also in South Africa for the World Cup," said Capello.
"It surprised me, but I respect the decision of all the players.
"But the door is always open for him.
"We have time, there is still three months until I will decide my final squad for South Africa.
"I hope that Wayne Bridge will be with us at the World Cup, but I respect his decision."