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Tess Daly says – WAGS – we needed you!

Posted July 6, 2010 By World Cup Wags

Tess writes for the Mirror and has recently written about how England needed the WAGs during the World Cup..

The World Cup is nearing a close and it was over for England almost before it began.

I’m not a huge football fan I confess but I do like to get behind the team when it’s the World Cup.

However I do draw the line at some of the choice fashions that accompanied the big event – St George’s cross hotpants and string bikini anyone? No thank you very much!

A few weeks ago you couldn’t move in the shops for England shirts. But now the team are home and trying to put their performance behind them, there are a lot of red and white tops in the bargain bins, the three lions looking forlornly for someone to give them a good home.

As we all know though, football fashion no longer begins and ends with novelty T-shirts and dangly football-shaped earrings.

Real fashion and football and now closely linked, thanks in large to the WAGs. And whatever your opinion of the effect of their partner’s performance on the pitch, the absence of the girls at the World Cup was keenly felt.

We needed Abbey Clancey looking Farrah Fawcett fabulous by the pool, we needed Carly Zucker out jogging, making Lycra cycling shorts look cool all over again and we needed Coleen Rooney watching on with baby Kai, giving her husband a much-needed boost.

Abbey Clancy

Coleen always gets my vote in the style stakes, she’s rarely snapped looking anything less than glamorous. Mind you she’s a Liverpool girl, and for anyone who’s spent any time in the city you’ll know those girls know how to do glamour 24/7.

In previous years the ladies have certainly give us girls something to talk about, from early forays into thigh-high boots in the baking heat, hair extensions and OTT fake tans.

But more recently the WAGS have grown up a bit and developed a style, be it a bit bling, that we all want to see – and this year we were left bereft.

And the honorary mention has to go out to the queen of the WAGs Victoria Beckham. She might be the wife of the most famous face in football but she’s every inch the powerhouse in her own right.

Mum of three, member of the biggest girl band of all time, fashion designer and David Beckham at home doing the vacuuming – lucky lady!

So come on Fabio, if you’re still in charge for 2012 bring the ladies with you. They might not improve our footballing chances but will make it all much more interesting for those of us looking for inspiration about what to wear.

The full article can be read here at The Mirror

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Wags left in tears as they return home from the World Cup

Posted June 29, 2010 By World Cup Wags

ENGLAND’S Wags, left in tears on the terraces following Englands exit from the World Cup have returned home.

Former One Show presenter had turned up to cheer on her boyfriend Frank Lampard in the match in South Africa but left with that sinking feeling of a brewing England argument between Fabio, the players and the fans..

Television presenter Christine Bleakley, girlfriend of England midfielder Frank Lampard, attends the 2010 World Cup second round soccer match between England and Germany at Free State stadium in Bloemfontein June 27, 2010. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP)

Christine joined for the crunch game against Germany by John Terry’s wife Toni Poole and Ellie Darby, girlfriend of defender Matthew Upson but the Wags’ support failed to lift the England players, who crashed out 4-1 to their arch rivals Germany. Similarly, Joe Cole’s wife Carly probably hoped her break could have lasted a little longer than just a few days in the country.

John Terry’s wife Toni, Matthew Upson’s girlfriend Ellie Darby and Glen Johnson’s wife Laura were all seen heading back yesterday.

The WAGs were partially blamed for England’s poor showing at the 2006 World Cup, which led to Capello ‘requesting’ that they stay away from the team during the opening games but there’s sure to be an inquisition as to whether or not the WAGS would have helped the team if they turned up in force.

But, It’s not just the WAGs though with their heads in their hands. Teacher Thomas Jones, from Preston, Lancashire, who left after 80 minutes from watching the game on the big screen in Manchester, said the England players should “hang their heads in shame”.

The 28-year-old added: “They think they are world class players but their performances don’t justify their massive salaries. I am embarrassed to be English today.”

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As if Capello’s ban on WAGS wasn’t enough, Fabio is now looking to ensure that the World Press have no reason to follow the whole England team around in South Africa by banning booze totally..

Even the odd glass of wine with evening meals has been banned in what’s seen as Fabios regimented management style.

The ban, which also applies to FA officials, has been agreed by all the staff and is part of the Italian’s strategy to foster team spirit, News of the World reports.

The players have been left in no doubt by Capello there will be strict adherence to his rules and they will be punished if they fall out of line.

Earlier, Capello had told his players that he will not permit any hanky-panky at the World Cup in South Africa and had banned all WAGs.

It has also been revealed that he will be able to call on his stars 24 hours a day using their hotel televisions so players better be careful what they do in their rooms.

Capello has previously banned all WAGs from joining the World Cup party. And the players’ families have now accused the Football Association of deliberately shutting them out.

Capello, 63, is desperate to avoid a repeat of the last World Cup in Germany where their boozy antics were blamed for ruining the team’s chances of glory. He’s setting a precedent here. If England don’t deliver, it’s only Fabio that would be to blame in many peoples eyes.

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WAGS set to travel to World Cup with England Squad

Posted April 27, 2010 By World Cup Wags

In what can only be seen as the biggest U-Turn to date by the England coach Fabio Capello, WAGS are now looking to be allowed to mix with their footballing halves at the World Cup finals – and could even be part of what Fabio has termed family barbeques to help foster team spirit.

Capello originally said that he was banning WAGS from coming to the World Cup following four years ago in Baden-Baden, where there was criticism over the amount of time players were able to spend with their WAGS (wives and girlfriends) creating a WAG media circus around the squad. The England crew even resorted to asking for “lads mags” to be brought along to the World Cup if they were not allowed to bring their WAGS.

WAG fans will know how much of a stir the press created for the newly termed WAGS, following the creation of the hit TV program – WAGS Boutique.

Fabio Capello went on to explain why his own experience at Real Madrid shows why team spirit can be so important in a successful side: “When I went to Real Madrid [in 2006] they had not won anything for three years, which is strange for a club the size of Real Madrid.

“Inside the dressing room there were three different teams – a South American group, Spanish group and the others. I had to work really hard to break these different groups down and bring everyone together. I had to make strong decisions and make sure there was a spirit within the team – when the group found the spirit of the shirt they won. Spirit is one of the most important things for a team. You need to have a good spirit to win.”

Fabio also underlined his own importance to England’s chances of glory: “Leadership is vital, you can’t buy it. You need to have it to be successful. The players will follow a strong leader, you need to be able to convince the players of your methods and ideas at all times and you can only do this by being a good leader.

So it seems that Fabio will be allowing our lovely WAGS along for the World Cup ride and here at World Cup Wags we could not be more happy..

What do you think about this U-Turn in Fabio’s mind? Should WAGS be allowed to “go to the game”…

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