Wednesday, October 15, 2008

WAGs Won't Be Wagging
England's Dogs Any Longer

WAGs, otherwise known as wives and girlfriends in football circles, gotta love 'em.

Well maybe not if you're Fabio Capello.

Rio Ferdinand said ahead of today's World Cup qualifier in Belarus that Capello has clamped down on the WAG culture surrounding the England team Ferdinand said the WAG scene, the fashion showdowns and see-and-be-seen atmosphere was particularly circus-like during the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

''We became a bit of a circus, if I'm honest, in terms of the whole WAG situation. 'It seems like there was a big show around the whole England squad. It was like watching a theatre unfolding and football almost became a secondary element to the main event. People were worrying more about what people were wearing and where they were going, rather than the England football team. That then transposed itself into the team."

England made the quarterfinals in Germany, but Ferdinand made it sound like WAGs were front-page news more than the players. No more under Capello.

"This regime is very water-tight. If I'm honest, it feels as if we're going in the right direction. I don't want to speak too soon, but you can see we're at the start of something and, hopefully, there'll be bigger rewards than what we've had in the past.''

Hard to argue with the results with England scoring 3, 4 and 5 goals a game in its qualifiers and leading its group. Today is a sturdy test for England, and if the come up short, they sure can't blame the WAGs.

Subscribe to Starting Eleven

No comments: