Former Norwich City loanee Ryan Bertrand has become the latest professional footballer to fall foul of making his frustration known publicly, by using Twitter.

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Bertrand in action for Norwich at Swansea City in April 2009, battling with Swans defender Alan Tate. Photo: Paul Hollands/Focus Images.Bertrand in action for Norwich at Swansea City in April 2009, battling with Swans defender Alan Tate. Photo: Paul Hollands/Focus Images.

Bertrand, who successfully spent the second half of the 2007-08 season with the Canaries before returning for the whole of the ill-fated 2008-09 season that saw City relegated to League One, has had to pull out of the latest England squad.

Since cutting his teeth at Carrow Road the left-back, now 23 years old, has played in and won a Champions League final with Chelsea and represented Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics.

His rapid rise to Premier League hot prospect had seen him called into Roy Hodgson’s squad for the two upcoming World Cup qualifiers, in place of another former Canary loanee, Arsenal full-back Kieran Gibbs.

But Bertrand, who played 70 times for City, has had to drop out of the squad because of illness.

However after reading reports that cited ‘a sore throat’ as the reason for his absence, some of his 112,000 Twitter followers began to question his desire to play for his country.

He wrote: “Just to clarify.... It’s not a ‘sore throat’, I’m ill, swollen glands in my neck and constant headache for three days now and freezing cold.

“Do you think a ‘sore throat’ could stop me being a part of a match for my club or country? This is what every boy dreams of.”

His tweets also included some swearing, which we have edited from these quotes.

Bertrand then realised his tweet could get him into trouble with the Football Association and deleted the tweet, before following up with an apology.

He tweeted: “Sorry if I offended anyone by swearing as I don’t encourage that type of language. Was just disappointed at the thought of people thinking I only have a sore throat. Which is not the case.”

Bertrand’s tweet comes less than a week after his Chelsea team-mate Ashley Cole tweeted an offensive comment about the FA and was charged with misconduct, which is likely to see him fined two weeks’ wages - an estimated £240,000 - for bringing the game into disrepute.

- Do you think Bertrand’s comments were fair or did he overstep the mark? Is Twitter becoming a problem for football or is it good to see players showing some emotion? Leave your comments below.

8 comments

  • While completely agreeing that Ashley Cole should be disciplined for his Tweets I think Bertrand is in a different situation. I'm often amazed at the double standards of some football fans, they can swear as much as they like at who they like however if the player retaliates they are "shocked". I remember someone complaining to the club because a player told him to eff off, just after he'd called the player a useless little c. Hypocrite or what?

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    DocOhNo

    Friday, October 12, 2012

  • I can appreciate the fact that his health report had escalated to a 'sore throat' and his reputation suffered. His attitude is probably also due to the fact that he's not able to play....£125,000 per week?? I'm lacing up now and will be playing 10 hrsday.

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    Cajun

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

  • If people are allowed to write what the player sees as terrible accusations the player is allowed to write a strongly-worded response!

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    theluggage

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

  • He looked really good at times for us, pleased to see he is doing well for Chelski. This is pretty silly following his team-mate getting done for it recently though, if he wouldn't have sworn he probably would have got some credit for it.

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    A Noyed

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

  • If the Englad set-up want players to behave responsibly then they should do rather better than suggesting that someone is going home because they "have a sore throat".Don't agree with the swearing but the player does have a point and if he talks to the press about it they will turn it into "Major Bust up in England Camp over killer throat virus!"

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    Mikey B

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

  • We`re doomed Doc. Doomed. The Morlocks have taken over the planet. Or the Morons?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, October 13, 2012

  • Let your football do the talking Ryan. It's much better than your typing. A class act and sooo much better than Gibbs. Would have loved us to have bought him when we could have afforded him!

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    baguio

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

  • We`re doomed Doc. Doomed. The Morlocks have taken over the planet. Or the Morons?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, October 13, 2012

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