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England team can relax, the WAGS are on the way

By Maureen Coleman

Their presence in South Africa was deemed too much of a possible distraction by England boss Fabio Capello.

But as the squad gear up to take on the Germans, it seems the World Cup ban has been lifted on the WAGS.

England midfielder Joe Cole looked relaxed and happy to be reunited with wife Carly and daughter Ruby on Thursday. The Chelsea star was pictured pushing a large pram around the Palace Hotel in Sun City, with a smiling Carly by his side.

And she wasn’t the only WAG to be given the green light to meet her man.

Emile Heskey’s fiancee Chantelle Tagoe was spotted at the England v Slovenia match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium with the couple’s two sons, Jaden (4) and Reigan (2).

Also in the crowd were Matthew Upson’s girlfriend Ellie Darby and defender Glen Johnson’s wife Laura, with their baby daughter.

Capello’s own wife Laura Ghisi was seen arriving in Johannesburg following England’s match against Slovenia.

One girlfriend who is unlikely to jet out to South Africa is Christine Bleakley, who is understood to be planning a holiday with some pals while Frank Lampard is playing in the World Cup.

Bleakley was back home in Newtownards this week after signing a new contract with ITV. The One Show is currently off air during the World Cup but she will be back at work once the tournament is over. The 31-year-old spent some quality time with her boyfriend at the Dorchester Hotel in London before he flew out with the rest of the squad to South Africa.

Chief WAGS Coleen Rooney and Alex Curran are understood to be on stand-by, ready to fly out to South Africa should England beat Germany in tomorrow’s crunch game and progress to the next round.

Capello had slapped the WAG ban on the players prior to the start of their World Cup, believing them to be too much of a distraction.

At the time he said: “We’re going to South Africa to play, not for a holiday. If they don’t want to come for the day only, they should stay at home.”

However the players have complained of being bored at their Royal Bafokeng Sports Campus base and it is thought Capello may have relaxed the ban to lift spirits among the team.

In the 2006 World Cup the WAGs made headlines for all the wrong reasons.

The wives and girlfriends came under fire for their socialising and shopping and were partially blamed for England’s departure in the quarter-finals.

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