England players still siding with Bridge in row with Chelsea’s Terry

Chelsea captain John Terry is facing a battle to win back support inside the England camp. The Mirror says Terry faced a backlash from his own England team-mates last night.

Chelsea captain John Terry is facing a battle to win back support inside the England camp.

The Mirror says Terry faced a backlash from his own England team-mates last night.

Within minutes of Wayne Bridge’s refusal to shake the Chelsea captain’s hand on Saturday, Bridge supporters in Fabio Capello’s squad were sending BlackBerry “group” messages to each other on their phones, including: “In your face JT. Bridge means business now. It’s war.” Others said: “Go on Team Bridge. Bridge, you’re a legend.”

Terry’s phone kicking came after Bridge’s very public snub to Terry over his alleged affair with Vanessa Perroncel, Bridge’s ex-girlfriend and mother of his child.

Bridge, 29, at first made it look as if he was going to shake hands with his former best friend in the line-up before the match, their first meeting since Terry’s alleged affair with Perroncel became public.

Then, in a move designed for maximum humiliation, he pulled away.

Bridge put domestic problems well behind him later with a slap-up night out in London’s clubland organised by Shaun Wright-Phillips.

A source close to Bridge said: “Some England players were congratulating Wayne for making a stand. It’s far from over. There is a backlash against Terry in the England squad. Bridge is a nice guy and they think it’s out of order he’s not going to South Africa because of Terry. There is division. It could destroy the group.”