England’s WAGs had us captivated at the 2006 World Cup – here’s why

A compilation image of Coleen Rooney, Cheryl, Abbey Clancy, and Victoria Beckham in 2006

The 2006 WAGs had us in a chokehold (Pictures: Getty Images)

Euro 2024 is heading to Germany, the home of the iconic 2006 Fifa World Cup and the chaotic cast of Wags who captured our attention.

It wasn’t even that long ago, but with the world so dramatically different – this was a time before Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy’s Wagatha Christie spat, after all.

David Beckham, with a heavily gelled blonde mop, was captain of England’s team. The fans’ hopes were firmly pinned on Goldenballs being the one to bring football home from Germany.

Meanwhile, a fresh-faced Wayne Rooney was the team’s wonder kid, establishing himself as a star goal scorer at Man United. Then there was Ashley Cole, touted as one of the best defenders of his generation, caught in a bitter battle between his current team Arsenal, while being wooed to join Chelsea for substantially higher wages.

While the players were making headlines on the back pages of the newspapers for their antics on the pitch, it was their wives and girlfriends, the ‘Wags’, making the front page while out representing the nation in Baden-Baden.

The eclectic collective of women were keen to enjoy their time out in the relatively quiet German town to the very max, and with Victoria ‘Posh Spice’ Beckham sitting pretty at the top of the Wag hierarchy, they were easy to spot in the wild.

Victoria Beckham was at the top of the ‘Wag hierarchy’ with everyone knowing every single detail of her life(Picture: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Coleen Rooney embodied a real ‘rags to riches’ story for many (Picture: C. Uncle/FilmMagic)

The Wags brought some wild tabloid moments to the 2006 World Cup (Picture: Richard Sellers/Sportsphoto/Allstar via Getty Images)

Tending to roam together in a pack, the Wags all sported the same look; perma-tanned, with glossy long locks boasting honey and caramel chunky highlights and thickened by luscious hair extensions. Their faces were often obscured by saucer-esque sunglasses and baker boy caps, with large designer bags balancing on their wrists.

Their Brits-abroad antics made for delectable tabloid fodder – from all-night parties (involving Abbey Clancy table dancing) to spending sprees amounting to tens of thousands of pounds (something Coleen amazingly described as ‘picking up a few bits’), they quickly established themselves as the darlings of Fleet Street.

Red top papers flexed their financial heft at the height of their power, willing to fork out six figures for salacious photosets and juicy interviews. Urban legend has it they even earned their new moniker from a pithy tabloid reporter, with the word immediately entering our daily lexicon.

While the 2006 World Cup in Germany may have been what catapulted the wives and girlfriends of footballers into the spotlight and the glare of camera flashes, the rise of Wag culture had its roots laid back as early as the nineties.

Sam Carlisle, a former red top reporter who now runs her own PR company, attributes the £304million …read more

Source:: Metro


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