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David Beckham admits 2006 World Cup WAG brigade went 'too far' after they stole the show in Germany


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.

Led by the designer, Cheryl and Coleen Rooney, the glamorous wives and girlfriends famously commanded the spotlight during the tournament, garnering more attention than their player husbands who actually took to the pitch in Germany.

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

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

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 have the footballer’s families take centre stage during that World Cup, David admitted he was never against having the loved ones support them at the tournament.

He said: ‘I think there was attention on them. I always believed as an England captain, having wives and girlfriends and the kids around wasn’t a bad thing. 

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

Wow! The designer was among the wives and girlfriends who descended on Germany during the tournament, drawing attention away from the team (Victoria and David pictured in 2006)

Wow! The designer was among the wives and girlfriends who descended on Germany during the tournament, drawing attention away from the team (Victoria and David pictured in 2006)

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

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

But the sportsman, who was captain of the Three Lions for the tournament which saw them crash out in the quarter-finals after losing a penalty shootout against Portugal, confessed the obsession with the WAGs did go ‘too far.’

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

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

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

Victoria joined the army of WAGs that famously descended on Germany during that World Cup with their families, commanding attention with 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 I doing, what was I wearing, why would I do that? It did [go too far]'

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

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

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

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

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

As he and Gary toured the Qatar hotel that will host England during the World Cup later this year, David admitted he preferred a remote spot for the club to train and unwind ahead of such crucial ties.

He told his former teammate: ‘Every player was different. One you’re in the tournament, you had to be involved in where we stayed, the atmosphere, the games room. 

‘Once we started getting players like Rooney into the squad, you had players who enjoyed games. The things you look 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.’

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

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

Interview: David also lauded Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate for changing the perception around the team followed years of poor form

Interview: David also lauded Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate for changing the perception around the team followed years of poor form

David also lauded Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate for changing the perception around the team followed years of poor form.

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

‘But these players are coming into this tournament when they’re in their peak. They’ve had their rest, theyre in the middle of their season, there’s no reason and no excuse not to be at the top of their games and fitness. 

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

‘They’re 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'd filmed to celebrate the 180th Anniversary of the boat brand Riva

Sketch: Elsewhere, David also took to Instagram to share a fun sketch he’d filmed to celebrate the 180th Anniversary of the boat brand Riva

‘All of a sudden, our fans have come together again. For a moment, our fans – I wouldn’t say fell out of love with the national team – but there was a disconnect. Now there’s a connection and Gareth has done an incredible job with that.’

Elsewhere, David also took to Instagram to share a fun sketch he’d filmed to celebrate the 180th Anniversary of the boat brand Riva alongside of Pierfrancesco Favino and Charles Leclerc.

The clip sees the sportsman jump behind the wheel of a speeding car to race the Italian actor to their swanky yachts.

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

Head to head: The clip sees the sportsman jump behind the wheel of a speeding car to race the Italian actor to their swanky yachts

Head to head: The clip sees the sportsman jump behind the wheel of a speeding car to race the Italian actor to their swanky yachts

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