Sven-Goran Eriksson defended Victoria Beckham, Colin Rooney and the rest of the WAGs for the 2006 World Cup after they were accused of stealing the spotlight.
The Swedish football director, 74, insisted the group was doing “perfectly normal things” as the glamorous crew sat in the stands and enjoyed fun-filled nights out in Germany during the tournament.
Led by Victoria, 48, Colin, 36, and Sheryl Cole, 39, the wives and girlfriends are best known for making the spotlight, and garnering more attention than their partners, who are already on the field.
Support: Sven-Goran Eriksson has defended Victoria Beckham, Sheryl Cole and the rest of the 2006 World Cup WAGs brigade after being accused of stealing the spotlight
The ensemble was outfitted with costumes worn by the designers, and the endless shopping, bickering and partying of the night throughout the trip was seen as a great distraction for the footballers of the time.
Talking to Boyle Sports World Cup, Sven reflected on the scandal and defended the group, but admitted that the increased interest in the Spice Girl did not “make it easy”.
The coach also advocated the presence of the task force, rather than “bored” sitting in a hotel, after the brigade was seen abroad in Germany.
– one of the wives [at the World Cup] It was Victoria Beckham and of course that didn’t make it easier, it made it great for the press,” he explained.
Famous moment: The Swedish football director, 74, insisted the group were doing ‘perfectly normal things’ as the glamorous crew sat in the stands (pictured Cheryl and Colin Rooney)
We saw the wives maybe once a week at dinner and decided when that had to be, and the rest of the days of course the wives were invited here and there and the fa helped them not to sit in a hotel, bored, and I thought that was great.
Sven admitted that “whatever the WAGs did” at the time was seen as a scandal due to the growing interest in them at the time.
He added, “All they did was scandalous. If they went to a bar, if they went to a restaurant, if they went shopping … [but] they were [doing] Totally normal stuff. I found the reaction a bit unhelpful.
It has been widely claimed that the WAGs’ party behavior was the reason why the partners were banned from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Defense: Sven thought about the scandal and defended the group, but admitted that the growing interest in David Beckham’s wife didn’t ‘make it easy’
Elsewhere, David Beckham recently addressed allegations that the WAG brigade stole the limelight with their designer-flavored looks at the 2006 World Cup.
Speaking in June, he admitted that wives and girlfriends went ‘too far’ after they stole the show.
David admitted that Victoria frowns at some of the looks she’d wear when considering the competition years later, in an interview with Gary Neville’s YouTube channel The Overlap.
Reflecting on the decision to have the footballer’s families take center stage during the World Cup, David admitted that he was never against supporting loved ones at the tournament.
Scandal: The endless shopping, bickering and partying of the night that the group had throughout the trip were seen as a distraction for the footballers. Pictured: Cheryl with Victoria and Brooklyn Beckham
He said: I think there was interest in them. As the captain of England, I always believed that having wives, girlfriends and children around us wasn’t a bad thing.
“Once you’re in training camp, you’re in training camp, you have to focus, but I think at the start of the tournament it’s not a bad thing.”
But the athlete, who was captain of the Three Lions at a tournament that saw them knocked out in the quarter-finals after losing a penalty shootout to Portugal, admitted that the WAGs’ mania went “too far”.
He said, “Looking back, that whole culture — there was a lot of interest around that and whether people were behaving the right way, I don’t know.
Looking Back: David Beckham (pictured with Michael Owen) recently addressed allegations that the WAG Brigade stole the spotlight, saying they went ‘too far’
“Even Victoria—she is the first to say now—what was I doing, what was I wearing, why would I do that? I did [go too far].
It was more about WAG teams than football. At that time, players want to focus on the tournament. He’s gone too far, but I think having WAGs and family is a good thing.
Victoria joined the army of the WAGs best known for taking to Germany during the World Cup with their families, attracting attention with their designer outfits cheering their husbands in the stands.
Known for her glamorous designer outfits, Victoria also wore the England Rocks tank shirt for England’s match against Trinidad and Tobago.
While he and Gary were touring the Qatar hotel that will host England during the World Cup later this year, David admitted he’d prefer a place away from the club to train and unwind before such crucial relationships.
He told his former teammate: “Every player was different. When you’re in the tournament, you had to share where we stayed, the atmosphere, the game room.
Once we started getting players like Rooney into the team, you had players who enjoyed the matches. The things you are looking for is calm.
‘You want to be in the middle of nowhere. As much as you want a little atmosphere, all you care about is the games. this is [England’s Qatar hotel] ideal.’
Oh dear: David admitted that Victoria (both pictured in 2019) frowns at some of the looks she’s been wearing when she considers the competition years later.