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David Beckham admits 2006 World Cup WAG brigade went ‘too far’ after stealing the show in Germany

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David Beckham has revealed that the 2006 World Cup WAG brigade, which included his wife Victoria, went “too far” after stealing the show during the 2006 World Cup.

Led by designer Cheryl and Coleen Rooney, the glamorous wives and girlfriends dominated the spotlight during the tournament, attracting more attention than their gamer husbands who actually stepped onto the pitch in Germany.

Now, David has admitted that Victoria winces at some of the looks she wore when reflecting on the competition years later, in an interview for Gary Neville’s YouTube channel The Overlap.

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Escalating: David Beckham has revealed that the 2006 World Cup WAG brigade, which included his wife Victoria, went ‘too far’ after they stole the show during the 2006 World Cup

Reflecting on the decision to put footballers’ families at the center of that World Cup, David admitted he was never against loved ones supporting them at the tournament.

He said: ‘I think there was attention on them. I always believed that as an England captain, having wives, girlfriends and children around was not a bad thing.

“Once you’re in a training camp, you’re in the training camp, you have to focus, but I think at the beginning of a tournament, it’s not a bad thing.”

Wow!  The designer was among the wives and girlfriends who arrived in Germany during the tournament, diverting the attention of the team (Victoria and David photographed in 2006)

Wow! The designer was among the wives and girlfriends who arrived in Germany during the tournament, diverting the attention of the team (Victoria and David photographed in 2006)

Candid: Now, David has admitted that Victoria winces at some of the looks she wore when reflecting on the competition years later, in an interview for Gary Neville's The Overlap.

Candid: Now, David has admitted that Victoria winces at some of the looks she wore when reflecting on the competition years later, in an interview for Gary Neville’s The Overlap.

But the athlete, who was captain of the Three Lions in the tournament that saw them fall in the quarterfinals after losing on penalties to Portugal, confessed that the obsession with the WAGs did go ‘too far’.

He said: ‘Looking back at that whole culture, there was a lot of attention around that and whether people behaved in the right way, I don’t know.

‘Even Victoria, she’s the first to say now, what was she doing, what was she wearing, why would she do that? She did it [go too far].

‘There was more talk about WAGs than football. at that time, the players want to focus on the tournament. It went too far, but I think having WAGs and family around is a good thing.’

Victoria joined the WAG army that arrived in Germany during that World Cup with their families, turning heads in their designer-clad outfits as they cheered on their husbands in the stands.

Known for her glamorous designer outfits, Victoria also donned an England Rocks tank top for England’s match against Trinidad and Tobago.

Supportive: He said, 'Even Victoria, she's the first to say now, what was she doing, what was she wearing, why would she do that?  She did it [go too far]'

Supportive: He said, ‘Even Victoria, she’s the first to say now, what was she doing, what was she wearing, why would she do that? She did it [go too far]’

Discloser: David admitted that he felt the focus was more on them than football (Victoria pictured with Cheryl during the World Cup)

Discloser: David admitted that he felt the focus was more on them than football (Victoria pictured with Cheryl during the World Cup)

Supportive: Said 'Even Victoria, she's the first to say now, what was she doing, what was she wearing, why would she do that?  She did it [go too far]'

Supportive: Said ‘Even Victoria, she’s the first to say now, what was she doing, what was she wearing, why would she do that? She did it [go too far]’

As he and Gary toured the hotel in Qatar that will host England during the World Cup later this year, David admitted he preferred a remote location for the club to train and relax before such crucial fixtures.

He told his former teammate: ‘Every player was different. Once you’re in the tournament, you had to get involved in the place where we stayed, the atmosphere, the game room.

“Once we started to include players like Rooney in the team, there were players who enjoyed the games. What you are looking for is tranquility.

You want to be in the middle of nowhere. As much as you want a little atmosphere, all you care about is the games. East [England’s Qatar hotel] it is perfect.’

Facts: As he and Gary toured the hotel in Qatar that will host England during the World Cup later this year, David admitted he preferred a remote location for the club to train.

Facts: As he and Gary toured the hotel in Qatar that will host England during the World Cup later this year, David admitted he preferred a remote location for the club to train.

Interview: David also praised Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate for changing the perception around the team after years of poor form.

Interview: David also praised Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate for changing the perception around the team after years of poor form.

David also praised Three Lions coach Gareth Southgate for changing the perception of the team after years of poor form.

He said: ‘I feel like for our team it’s a great opportunity. we never use [tiredness] as an excuse, but truth be told, we come to the end of a grueling season in the Premiership, the toughest league in the world, and you’re tired, you want to rest and you don’t have time to recover. a tough season

“But these players come to this tournament when they are at their best. They’ve had their break, they’re in the middle of their season, there’s no reason or excuse not to be at the top of their game and fitness.

‘For our team, this is a real opportunity. We have an exciting young team, a manager who has been with these players for a long time and I really love watching this England team play.

‘They are exciting, they play with passion, like they want to be there. As an England fan, that’s what you want to see.

Sketch: Elsewhere, David also took to Instagram to share a fun sketch he had shot to celebrate the 180th anniversary of the Riva boat brand.

Sketch: Elsewhere, David also took to Instagram to share a fun sketch he had shot to celebrate the 180th anniversary of the Riva boat brand.

“Suddenly, our fans have come together again. For a moment, our fans, I wouldn’t say they fell in love with the national team, but there was a disconnect. Now there’s a connection and Gareth has done an amazing job with that.”

Meanwhile, David also took to Instagram to share a fun sketch he had shot to celebrate the 180th anniversary of the Riva boat brand alongside Pierfrancesco Favino and Charles Leclerc.

The clip shows the athlete jumping behind the wheel of a speeding car to race the Italian actor towards his fancy yachts.

The Overlap is a Gary Neville YouTube channel in association with Sky Bet.

Face to face: The clip shows the athlete jumping behind the wheel of a car at full speed to compete with the Italian actor towards his elegant yachts.

Face to face: The clip shows the athlete jumping behind the wheel of a car at full speed to compete with the Italian actor towards his elegant yachts.

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