Man City No1 Given: Bridge calm ahead of Chelsea trip

Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given says teammate Wayne Bridge is calm ahead of tomorrow's clash at Chelsea.

Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given says teammate Wayne Bridge is calm ahead of tomorrow's clash at Chelsea.

Bridge released a short statement on Thursday claiming his presence within the England side was "untenable and potentially divisive" and that he no longer wished to be selected by Fabio Capello.

The move comes after newspaper allegations about a relationship between Bridge's former partner Vanessa Perroncel and John Terry, who was stripped of the England captaincy by Capello in the wake of the headlines.

The two defenders are certain to be the centre of attention, but Bridge's focus is on getting a result.

"He is fine, Wayne Bridge is totally fine and he is looking forward to the game on Saturday and hopefully getting a good result for Manchester City, that's the most important thing," said Given.

"It's a massive game for everyone at the club, including Wayne.

"Shaun Wright-Phillips is going back to his old club as well and they are both looking forward to it."

Asked if he was surprised by Bridge's decision to turn his back on England, Given said: "It's a personal thing for Wayne and a private one and I don't really want to comment on that situation."