The wives and girlfriends of footballers — which included Spice Girl turned designer Victoria, singer Cheryl and Wayne Rooney’s wife Coleen — were high profile in the early noughties and started attending the football camps.
It has been suggested that some of them stole the show at the 2006 World Cup, with the focus more on the WAGs than the football.
Speaking on Gary Neville’s The Overlap YouTube channel, Beckham said of that time: “I always believed, as an England captain, that having the kids around and wives or girlfriends around wasn’t a bad thing.
"I totally understand once you are in training camp, you are in training camp and you have to focus.
"But I think at the start of a tournament and after a game I don’t think that is a bad thing
“But looking back, that kind of whole culture at the time, there was a lot of attention around that, and I think that… whether people behaved themselves in the right manner… I don’t know.”
He went on: “Even Victoria — she's the first to say now, when she looks back — she’s like, 'What was I doing, what was I wearing, why would I do that?'”
Asked if it went too far, he said: “I think it did.”
The footy ace — who has four children with Victoria — went on: “There was more spoken about the wives and girlfriends than there was the football.
“At the time, especially for the players, more than anything you want to focus on the tournament rather than anything else.
“I do think it went too far."
However, the star added: “But I also do believe having the wives and girlfriends and family around, at the right times, is a good thing.”
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