Sven Goran-Eriksson has defended Victoria Beckham, Coleen Rooney and the rest of the 2006 World Cup WAG brigade after they were accused of stealing the spotlight.
The Swedish football manager, 74, insisted the group do “completely normal things” while the glamorous crew sat in the stands and spent fun-filled evenings in Germany during the tournament.
Led by Victoria, 48, Coleen, 36, and Cheryl Cole, 39, the wives and girlfriends were known to have stolen the limelight and commanded more attention than their partners, who actually took to the pitch.
Support: Sven Goran-Eriksson has defended Victoria Beckham, Cheryl Cole and the rest of the 2006 World Cup WAG brigade after they were accused of stealing the spotlight
The group were decked out in designer outfits and their endless shopping, spats and late-night parties throughout the trip were seen as a major distraction for the footballers at the time.
Speaking to Boyle Sports World Cup, Sven has reflected on the scandal and defended the group, but admitted the increased attention paid to the Spice Girl hasn’t “made it easy”.
The trainer also defended the presence of the WAGs, rather than being “bored” in a hotel after the brigade toured Germany.
‘One of the wives [at the World Cup] was Victoria Beckham and of course that didn’t make it any easier, it made it fantastic for the press,” he explained.
Famous moment: The Swedish football manager, 74, insisted the group were doing ‘completely normal things’ as the glamorous crew sat in the stands (Cheryl and Coleen Rooney pictured)
“We saw the wives at dinner maybe once a week and I decided when that should be and on the rest of the days the wives were of course invited here and there and the FA helped them not to be sitting in a hotel to get bored and I thought that was great.”
Sven admitted that “whatever” the WAGs were doing back then was viewed as a scandal due to the increased attention they were receiving at the time.
He added: “Whatever they did, it was a scandal. When they went to a bar, when they went to a restaurant, when they went shopping… [but] They are [doing] very normal things. I found the reaction a little unhelpful.”
It was widely claimed that WAG’s partying behavior was the reason the partners were banned from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Defence: Sven has reflected on the scandal and defended the group but admitted the increased attention paid to David Beckham’s wife hasn’t made it ‘easy’.
Elsewhere, David Beckham recently addressed claims that the WAG Brigade stole the spotlight with their designer looks at the 2006 World Cup.
In a speech in June, he admitted the wives and girlfriends had “gone too far” after stealing the show.
David admitted Victoria grimaced at some of her looks as she reflected on the competition years later in an interview for Gary Neville’s YouTube channel The Overlap.
Reflecting on the decision to put the footballer’s families front and center during this World Cup, David admitted he’s never opposed his loved ones supporting him at the tournament.
Scandal: The group’s endless shopping, spats and late-night parties throughout the trip were seen as a distraction for the footballers. Pictured: Cheryl with Victoria and Brooklyn Beckham
He said: “I think attention was paid to them. I’ve always believed as an England captain that having wives and girlfriends and the kids around isn’t a bad thing.
“Once you’re in a training camp you have to concentrate, but I think at the beginning of a tournament it’s not a bad thing.”
But the sportsman, who captained the Three Lions for the tournament they fell to in the quarter-finals after losing a penalty shoot-out to Portugal, admitted the obsession with the WAGs went “too far”.
He said: “Looking back, a lot of attention was paid to this whole culture and whether people behaved correctly, I don’t know.
Throwback: David Beckham (pictured with Michael Owen) recently addressed claims that the WAG brigade stole the limelight, saying they had “gone too far”.
“Even Victoria – she’s the first to say now – what did I do, what did I wear, why should I do that? It did [go too far].
“There was more talk about the WAGs than football. At this time, players want to focus on the tournament. It went too far, but I think having the WAGs and family around is a good thing.
Victoria joined the army of WAGs who came to Germany with their families during this World Cup, attracting attention with their designer outfits while cheering on their husbands in the stands.
Known for her glamorous designer outfits, Victoria also donned an England Rocks tank top for England’s game against Trinidad and Tobago.
As he and Gary toured the Qatar hotel which will host England during the World Cup later this year, David admitted he prefers a secluded spot for the club to train and relax ahead of such important clashes.
He told his former teammate: “Every player was different. When you compete in the tournament you had to be involved, where we stayed, the atmosphere, the game room.
“When we started bringing players like Rooney into the roster, you had players enjoying games. What you are looking for is tranquility.
“You want to be in the middle of nowhere. As much as you want a bit of atmosphere, all you care about is the games. This [England’s Qatar hotel] is perfect.’
Oh dear: David admitted Victoria (both pictured in 2019) grimaced at some of her looks as she reflected on the competition years later
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