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What's life really like as a World Cup Wag like Colleen?

Should the wives and girlfriends of footballers, sitting pretty back home, be able to trust their men in Brazil? A secret Wag gives an insider's view...

A lot of footballers have 'played away' over the years – John Terry, Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney are just a few of the many soccer stars who have allegedly been unfaithful to their partners during their career.

Now, a secret Wag, who is married to an England international, but won't reveal her identity, predicts what the soccer-playing husbands may get up to in Brazil.

With all eyes upon them, it's unlikely they'll be up to no good, she says.

"They will be watched liked a hawk at all times. If it's not Roy Hodgson keeping an eye out, or one of their many entourage or security, there will always be a camera lens lurking ready to get 'the shot'.

"It's just not worth the risk for a player to sneak out or get up to no good. In fact, it would be a total act of utter buffoonery to partake in any controversial behaviour.

"If there is ever a time for a footballer to behave and toe the line, it's when they're involved in the World Cup."

When the players are not on the pitch they'll be holed up in their hotel, watching other games on TV, relaxing and doing a lot of phoning home, she says.

"The World Cup no doubt has brought a lot of peace of mind to the Wags, knowing that their partner is under close watch and, of course, the fact that there will certainly be no alcohol involved or going out for that period. Bliss!"

So, should Wags go along to keep an eye on their men?

"I know how much my husband thrives on knowing that I am watching him in the crowd. He says it really makes a difference. I would also think his homesickness would be a lot less if his family was there to see him." But she sees why some Wags choose not to go.

"Firstly, the security aspect. Wags would not be able to stay with the England squad in the same hotel. They would have to be elsewhere. I know this would cause concern and worry for my husband.

"The Wags would be under scrutiny by the Press and most probably bring much unwanted attention to the players. This is something they could all do without, especially given the other stresses and pressures associated with the competition."

As the players will be closely guarded, they're unlikely to misbehave, she continues.

"I imagine a lot of temptation is thrown at the average famous footballer. But no change there!"

"I would be lying if I said I trusted my man 100%," she continues. "When trust is damaged, even ever so slightly, irrespective if the cause is true or not, it's so very hard to repair it. Unfortunately footballers have a terrible reputation for cheating and behaving inappropriately when it comes to women. I have witnessed this with my own eyes over the years.

"Trust is a necessity in the Wag world in order to survive a relationship and to not be eaten up by jealousy and feeling insecure."

She has now written a book about life behind the closed doors of the Wag world, I Am The Secret Wag – and it's not all about a glamorous lifestyle, she insists.

"The most difficult thing about being a Wag is being stereotyped. I am not a gold digger. I am not thick. Shopping every day would bore the hell out of me.

"We women too often judge each other based on the men we choose, the clothes we wear, the career we hold, and such judgment is not a representation of female solidarity.

"All of us women are pressured in one way or another and a Wag isn't exempt; her husband's finances don't remove the worries or pressures of life and womanhood."

So, what should Wags be asking their men when they return from Brazil?

"'Can I see your medal? Did you miss me? Have you bought me a present?' And 'Where are we going on holiday in your time off?' will probably be the first questions to fall out of the Wags' mouths!"

  • I Am The Secret Wag is available now, Corgi, £7.99

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