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Warnock should avoid poisoned chalice; PICK OF THE DAY.

Live football Sky Sports 1, 12.45pm SO poor Wayne Bridge has surrendered his chances of winning a World Cup medal, writes Michael Brear.

Strange really, because I was under the impression he did so the moment he was born in Southampton, rather than Madrid or Rio.

He's also turned his back on another piece of silverware, although admittedly it's one of the least coveted in sport: the poisoned chalice.

Incidentally, do we still have to put up with managers saying that they'd rather not win the Manager of the Month award because it is a poisoned chalice? I really hope not, because that nonsense lasted about a decade.

This being a World Cup year, the English media desperately need to think up some nonsensical, superstitious poppycock which will deflect attention from the fact that the Three Lions just aren't as good at kicking a ball as other countries.

The marriage-ruining England leftback spot has become a poisoned chalice and Bridge clearly realised it was sensible to get out before the curse did him any more damage.

Is Stephen Warnock married? Hmm, there's probably a website targeted at wannabe Wags which would inform me of the precise marital status of every Premier League footballer and which 'exclusive' London nightclubs they like to frequent.

In case you didn't get the memo and were baffled by the sarcasm implied in my hilarious air quotes, there has been a semantic shift in the modern usage of the word exclusive.

It now means crass, or cheaply vulgar, describing in this instance a drinking establishment draped in fake cowhide, with dodgy chart music pounding out over hordes of perma-tanned, scantily clad gyrating chavs guzzling blue WKD.

Anyway, Warnock broke the same leg three times as a youngster, so really doesn't need any more bad luck.

I advise him to thank Fabio Capello for the offer but politely decline, if only to see how many players have to pass up the chance to play at left-back before Nicky Shorey gets another call-up.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Feb 27, 2010
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