Nancy Dell’olio says England have a greater chance of success under Gareth Southgate than her ex Sven-Göran Eriksson because the latest generation of WAGs are less of a distraction.
The Italian lawyer, 59, has welcomed the new breed of ‘intellectual’ partners into the Three Lions set-up for Euro 2020 believing they won’t revel in the spotlight of the media, unlike the party-loving WAGS of her era.
Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, Nancy claims she warned the likes of Victoria Beckham, Cheryl Tweedy and Elen Rivas, partners of stars David Beckham, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard, about their lavish spending habits in the German spa town of Baden-Baden, which sparked more coverage than the team during the 2006 World Cup – but they simply ignored her.
‘The WAGs went too far’: Nancy Dell’olio says England have a greater chance of success under Gareth Southgate than her ex Sven-Göran Eriksson because the latest era of WAGs are less of a distraction (pictured in 2006)
And Nancy insists she wasn’t part of the clique and only spent ‘a couple of nights with them.’
Nancy said: ‘I tried to warn some of them about their behaviour because they were distracting the players.
‘The press were not talking about the wives and girlfriends of any other of the teams. I suggested they have to be more careful but they just did whatever they wanted.
‘I was not involved in that scene, despite the rumours. We were friends but I was doing my own thing with my other friends who were with me. I also spent a few days in Milan.’
‘They are more educated’: The Italian lawyer has welcomed the new breed of ‘intellectual’ partners into the Three Lions set-up for Euro 2020 believing they won’t revel in the spotlight
‘I tried to warn them’: Nancy claims she warned the likes of Victoria Beckham and Cheryl Tweedy about their lavish spending habits during the 2006 World Cup (pictured in 2006)
Asked if the WAGs enjoyed the attention, she replied: ‘Absolutely, yes. They enjoyed it, they were in their moment of celebrity. It’s quite human in a way.’
The current crop of Three Lions WAGs include six with degrees, Harry Kane’s wife Katie, 27, who specialised in sports science, Fern Hawkins, 27, fiancee of defender Harry Maguire, a graduate in physiotherapy and law student Mia McClenaghan, the 21-year-old girlfriend of Chelsea star Reece James, who graduates from Royal Holloway University this summer.
The brainy bunch are a huge contrast from the pop stars and models associated with the 2006 generation.
Although she admits the current WAGs are ‘not as glamorous’, Nancy feels they are more likely to spark better performances on by pitch at this month’s Euros, which starts today.
‘The players can concentrate better’: Nancy feels the current WAGs including Harry Kane’s partner Katie are more likely to spark better performances on by pitch at this month’s Euros (pictured in 2019)
Nancy explained: ‘It’s good they’re not celebrities. Absolutely. They are contemporary women, more emancipated, they are much more educated. It is a good thing. It’s more appropriate.