London, Sep 12 (ANI): England's WAGs have blasted coach Fabio Capello after he banned them from the World Cup in South Africa and laid down strict rules for them.
Capello insisted that his stars will not go to the tournament for a holiday, and warned their wives and girlfriends: "If you don't like it, don't come."
He ruled that his current squad can have just one day with their partners and families after each game next summer. And that will be the only socialising allowed.
The WAGs hit back after the team boss insisted the South Africa trip will not be a "holiday" by saying that they were a vital part of the beautiful game, the Daily Star reports.
Speaking on behalf of the international players' wives, Lizzie Cundy, 38, wife of ex-Chelsea ace Jason, 39, said: "Fabio has made the wrong decision."
Danielle Lloyd, 25, who is dating Portsmouth loan signing Jamie O'Hara, 22, says WAGs are vital to the game.
"I understand Fabio's concern. It isn't a good idea for the wives and girlfriends of the footballers to be taking them away from their careers. But it is important for us to be supporting our partners, as that will also help them with their game. I always make sure Jamie eats well and rests in the run-up to a game so he's in the right frame of mind," she said.
Lizzie added: "I admit that at the last World Cup the WAGs did hit the headlines but they've learned their lesson and have all grown up a bit."
Capello's hardball threat came after England's last trip to the World Cup finals turned into a circus when the WAGs took over the picturesque town of Baden Baden in Germany. There were parties every night and the players were in almost daily contact with their loved ones. (ANI)