In another welcome move England players have reportedly cancelled their pre-World Cup party, according to one of today’s papers.
The news follows a crackdown on the WAGs, the wives and girlfriends who traditionally accompany players during the tournament.
According to The Times the days of David Beckham hosting lavish parties at “Beckingham Palace” in Hertfordshire are over.
The paper says that “will be very welcome news for Capello. The England manager dislikes extracurricular distractions, with the players spending far more time in their hotel rooms while on international duty under the disciplinarian.”
Capello has already said he will “limit the number of visits from the WAGs in South Africa next summer.”
“We are there to play football, not for a holiday,” Capello said.
The only risk now is the trouble the WAGs might get up to if left unattended. At least the players distracted their attention; left to their own devices, the shopping and partying junkies might actually cause more off-field problems.