WAG Watch, Goaltastic’s new feature which proves that behind every great man there’s a great wife or girlfriend, has rumbled two of the England camp’s sneakiest WAGs. Alex Curran and Abbey Clancy, the other halves of Liverpool’s captain Steven Gerrard and Spur’s robotic dancer Peter Crouch respectively, plan on defying England boss Fabio Capello. During the tournament WAGs are banned by the boss, with only fleeting visits allowed, but according to reports both have lined up extensive modelling work in the African country during the Summer, and will doubt be up to no good, probably sneaking around in sunglasses etc. Seriously, you don’t get this sort of problem with the French national team. Oh wait…
I CAME across an amusing section of the Panini website while researching my new hobby of collecting World Cup stickers like an overgrown kid today – a gizmo where you can put yourself, or anyone else you have a photo of, onto a Panini sticker, and live out your national team call-up fantasies. Yes, even you, Kevin Davies. Check me out above, collar popped Eric Cantona-style, ready to answer my country’s call. Maybe. Click on to http://ww2.mypanini.com/site/sito.aspx?iniziativa=WC_10&idiniziativa=48&lang=BT to try it out for yourself.
THERE’S potentially millions of England managers out there, especially in the run-up to the World Cup, so – if you’re reading this, FA – cards on the table, I thought I’d devise my personal 23-man squad to take to South Africa. Let’s see if me and Mr Cappello think alike… First on the team sheet must be Rooney, so I’ll start up front. Alongside the talismanic Liverpudlian would be Carlton Cole and Goaltastic favourite Peter Crouch – with Heskey omitted and melted down for glue at the earliest opportunity. In attack, Defoe and Zamora would also be on the plane – I like my options up front, okay? In midfield, you’d be a fool not to have Lampard, Gerrard and Milner on the left as certains, with only right wing up for debate – personally I’d start Lennon, with Walcott the super sub and Bentley as variety. Filling up the midfield berths are Carrick, Barry and Downing. In defence, Johnson, Terry, Ferdinand and Cole have it, with Baines, Brown and Upson on the bench. In nets, Green and Hart can draw straws. World-beaters? Let me know below.
THIS is FIFA’s official song for the South Africa World Cup – Waka Waka by Shakira. Colombian pop sensation Shakira said: “I am honored that Waka Waka (This Time For Africa) was chosen to be part of the excitement and the legacy of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. “The FIFA World Cup is a miracle of global excitement, connecting every country, race, religion and condition around a single passion. “It represents an event that has the power to unite and integrate, and that’s what this song is about.” Altogether now, Waka Waka hey hey. No?
NOW I’m no stranger to geekery – I seem to have become the unofficial IT guy in the newsroom, and I’ve played a game of Dungeons And Dragons in my time. But I have “levelled up” my geekery a notch this week. I couldn’t help it. There I was, queuing in my local supermarket, when the words “Free” and “Sticker Album” caught my eye. Two days later, and I’ve got a Panini South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup sticker collection including the likes Frank Lampard, Fernando Torres, Kaka, John Terry, Didier Drogba and, er, Steve Cherundolo. Only 600 or so stickers to go… So if anyone out there wants to do swapsies with a rather sad 27-year-old man, drop me a line.