Wayne's World

Last updated : 09 May 2002 By Christian Kelly
Wayne Bridge spoke to the daily echo about his inclusion into the final world cup squad. Wayne said: "This is a dream come true for me - I am absolutely delighted.

"To be involved with England over the last few months has been fantastic and to be picked for the World Cup is amazing."

Bridge added that he had been trying not to think about the announcement of the squad.

He said: "I had been waiting just like everyone else but I didn't want to take anything for granted. I've made myself not think about it too much over the past few weeks."

Wayne also told the official site: "I am still trying to get my head round it but I just cannot stop smiling. It is the best feeling ever.

"I had begun to get my hopes up in recent weeks after getting in the squad and then staying there and playing the last two games.

"But it feels completely different now the official announcement has been made. I have tried to put it out of my mind but obviously people kept coming up and asking me if I was going and if I knew anything.

"I only knew for sure when the manager's secretary came over to me and said the club had just had a fax and that I was in. It was a wonderful moment.

"The lads had just started warming up and those who overheard came over and congratulated me. They all seemed really pleased for me.

"I rang my mum and dad straight away while I was doing my warm-up and stretching and of course they are really excited.

"And the fans are really chuffed too. It means a lot to them that one of their own has been picked and it is more special because I come from Southampton and supported the team as a boy. It means a lot to me too that I am going to the World Cup as a Southampton player.

"Now though I have to try and put it out of my mind for 48 hours and just focus completely on the final game of the season against Newcastle and make sure I don't get injured. That would be a disaster."