Toure tips Bridge to return

  • Last Updated: March 3 2010, 9:34 GMT

Kolo Toure is confident Manchester City team-mate Wayne Bridge will eventually return to the England fold.

Bridge - backing from Toure.

Bridge withdrew from international duty last week following weeks of speculation regarding allegations of an affair between his ex-girlfriend and former England captain John Terry.

The ex-Chelsea full-back had described his position in the England squad as 'untenable and potentially divisive', and he is not expected to return in time to make the World Cup squad.

England coach Fabio Capello insists the door is always open for Bridge to come back into the squad and Toure believes the 29-year-old will play for his country again.

However, Toure understands why Bridge has taken time to step away from the international spotlight in the aftermath of the headlines regarding his private life.

"I think in a few months he will come back (and play for England), definitely," said Toure.

"Everyone is proud to play for their country, but it has been a difficult situation for him.

"Family life is so important and if you are happy in your family life then you can play better in your football.

"Wayne is honest. When you do something you need to do it with your heart, and if your heart is not there you need to think about it.

"I think first he just needs some time to forget about this whole difficult period. And of course he is a good left-back, he has shown that with Manchester City and he will show that again."