Coleen Rooney has been reminiscing on her early WAG years with the release of her explosive autobiography this week.
The wife of Wayne Rooney has revealed secrets from the 2006 World Cup, which saw some of the most iconic WAGs in English football history descend on Baden Baden.
Her book includes the jaw-dropping tale of her hair disaster which saw her fly home to Liverpool for a speedy makeover mid-tournament.
And as the secrets and scandals are spilled, a photo of the class of 2006 WAGs has resurfaced.
Coleen is seen posing with nine other wives and girlfriends in the photo taken 16 years ago – how many can you name?
A photo of the class of 2006 World Cup WAGs has resurfaced. Coleen Rooney is seen posing with nine other wives and girlfriends, how many can you name?
Michael Carrick’s wife Lisa Roughead
The couple have been married since 2007 and are still going strong. They are childhood sweethearts after meeting at school in Wallsend.
After leaving school Lisa, 37, went on to qualify as a Pilates instructor and also holds a degree in business.
The couple share two children – daughter, Louise, and son, Jacey and currently live in Middlesbrough after Michael tool on the job of head coach of the EFL Championship club in 2022.
Michael Carrick’s wife Lisa Roughead. The couple have been married since 2007 and share two children (pictured in 2022)
Paul Robinson’s wife Rebecca Robinson
Rebecca, who was 24 at the time of the 2006 World Cup, was married to England goalkeeper Paul.
The couple married in 2004 after beginning their romance at school in Yorkshire. They split just a few months after their wedding, only to reconcile in 2005. They went on to have two children together – Lucy-May, 19, and Jack, 15.
It’s not known if the couple are still together. Paul now mainly works in the media for Sky Sports and beIN Sports and in 2020 it was reported he was studying for his UEFA coaching badges.
Paul Robinson’s wife Rebecca Robinson. The couple married in 2004 after beginning their romance at school in Yorkshire
Gary Neville’s wife Emma Hadfield.
The couple, who live in central Manchester, have been married since 2007 and share two daughters – Molly, 14, and Sophie, 13.
They first met in 2004 when Emma was working as a shop assistant. They married in a lavish ceremony at Manchester Cathedral three years later.
Emma worked as a holistic therapy student in the early days of her relationship with Gary.
While her husband, a former Manchester United star, has continued to make more than £1m a year for his punditry work for SkySports, Emma has kept a low profile as a philanthropist up until recently.
Last month Emma revealed after her ‘lonely and scary’ journey through early menopause at 41 she has trained as a specialist coach and has launched an online community which has over 7k Instagram followers.
The mother of two qualified as a counsellor in 2019 and has volunteered at Bury Cancer Support Centre for over four years.
Gary Neville’s wife Emma Hadfield. The couple, who live in Manchester, have been married since 2007 and share two daughters (pictured in 2023)
Jamie Carragher’s wife Nicola Carragher.
The childhood sweethearts married in 2005 and are still together after meeting at primary school.
According to his autobiography, Jamie asked Nicola to marry him twice after his first proposal went wrong thanks to a ring size mishap.
The couple wed at Weston Park on the Staffordshire-Shropshire border and went on to have two children – Mia, 19 and son James, 21. Mia is an aspiring singer and trained dancer. James signed a youth contract with Wigan Athletic FC in 2017.
Nicola works as an interior designer with her own studio called Elixir Design which works on projects in both the UK and Ibiza.
Jamie Carragher’s wife Nicola Carragher . The childhood sweethearts married in 2005 and are still together with Nicola working as an interior designer
Frank Lampard’s ex fiancée Elen Rivas.
Frank started dating Spanish model Elen in 2002, shorting after Elen moved to the UK to pursue her career. She juggled jobs as a waitress and a stint in the cloakroom at the famous London nightclub Chinawhite.
She met Frank while working at the Wellington Club in Knightsbridge in 2002 when the footballer was playing for Chelsea.
Shortly before the 2006 World Cup, the couple welcomed their first child – daughter Luna, 17. They also share daughter Isla, 15.
During Elen’s 2007 pregnancy with Isla, Frank was accused of cheating on his fiancée. The couple split in late 2008 by what Elen called ‘mutual agreement’.
Elen is the founder of The Body Clinic, a London skincare specialist which offers ‘aesthetic device treatments’.
Frank meanwhile shares two young children with his wife, Loose Women star Christine Lampard, who he married in 2015.
Frank Lampard’s ex fiancée Elen Rivas. The exes share two daughters (Elen is pictured in 2023)
Joe Cole’s wife Carly Zucker
Player turned pundit Joe and model Carly have been together for over 20 years, tying the know in a romantic London Chelsea ceremony in 2009.
At their time of their marriage, Carly had made a name for herself in her own right, starring in the 2008 series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here.
The London-born beauty also modelled for fashion and fitness magazines and qualified as a personal trainer.
Two years after marrying they welcomed their first child – daughter Ruby, 12. She later revealed that the pressures of dealing with a newborn child nearly caused the couple to split.
The couple stayed together though, later welcoming sons Harrison, nine, and Max, seven.
Joe Cole married model, fitness trainer and reality TV star Carly Zucker in 2009 (pictured in 2014)
Stewart Downing’s girlfriend at the time Michaela Henderson-Thynne
Middlesbrough player Stewart dated Michaela from 2003 to 2007.
During their relationship she starred in ITV2 reality show Wags Boutique in which two tears of WAGs ran two rival fashion boutiques.
Despite the success of the first series in 2007 peaking at almost 2m viewers , second series plans were scrapped after England failed to qualify for Euro 2008.
Wayne Rooney’s wife Coleen
The couple’s 20-year relationship has famously had its ups and downs, from meeting as teenagers to becoming parent’s of four, amid Wayne’s notorious brothel visits and escort scandal.
They met when they were just aged 12, but didn’t start dating until they were both aged 16.
Speaking about their teenage romance, Wayne says in their documentary ‘Rooney’: ‘I think when I was about 11 or 12 I knew that I wanted to marry her, and I said that to her at the time. I said ‘when we grow up we’re going to get married and you’re going to have our kids’. She was looking at me like ‘yeah good one!”
They went on to marry in a lavish ceremony in Portofino in 2008.
Wayne and Coleen Rooney’s 20-year relationship has famously had its ups and downs, from meeting as teenagers to becoming parent’s of four
Coleen first launched a career for herself when she began writing for Closer Magazine, in a column titled Welcome to My World.
In 2006, the WAG worked alongside Sir Trevor McDonald in a documentary about Rett syndrome, to highlight her late sister Rosie’s battle and two years later, she fronted her own TV show names Coleen’s Real Women, where she pitted ‘normal women’ against models for jobs.
In 2007, she broke into publishing and released an autobiography titled Welcome to My World. The WAG went on to write four more books as part of a fashion series named Coleen Style Queen.
In 2011, Coleen launched her first ever fashion range that she helped design herself – and it’s more affordable than her usual boutique favourites.
Coleen went on to secure a bedding range with BHS, launch her own perfume and sign a £3 million fashion deal with George at ASDA.
Her Wagatha Christie court case with rival Rebekah Vardy spawned a Disney+ documentary this year, with her newly-released autobiography following.
Wayne is the currently the manager of EFL Championship club Birmingham City
Steven Gerrard’s wife Alex Curran. The couple married in 2007, they share four children. They currently reside in Saudi
Steven Gerrard’s wife Alex Curran
Former nail technician Alex, 40, met Steven in 2002. Before Gerrard, Alex dated soap star Jennifer Ellison’s ex Tony Richardson, while Gerrard was dating Ellison herself.
Atsome point, the couples ended up with each other’s partners, withGerrard and Curran staying together and marrying in June 2007.
The Liverpool lovebirds share four children – Lilly ,18, Lexie 16, Lourdes 10 and five-year-old son Leo.
They currently reside in Saudi for Steven’s job as manager of Saudi Pro League club Al-Ettifaq.
Alex wrote a weekly column for the Daily Mirror, titled Go Shopping With Alex Curran.
John Terry’s wife Toni Poole
The childhood sweethearts started dating at school. Speaking to the Sun about their relationship, Toni said John was earning just £48 as a Chelsea apprenticeship when they first met.
‘We hit it off straight away and I thought he was very nice. I had no idea he was a footballer to start with until I began seeing him on the TV.
‘We started going out for dinners. I would always pay because he didn’t have much money. He would come and pick me up in his tiny, blue Citroën Saxo. It was a simple life,’ she said.
They married at Blenheim Palace in June 2007 and in May 2006 Toni gave birth to twins Georgie John and Summer Rose.
John Terry’s wife Toni Poole . The childhood sweethearts married at Blenheim Palace in June 2007. In May 2006 Toni gave birth to twins Georgie John and Summer Rose
Alongside Coleen, Victoria Beckham and Cheryl Cole were also part of the 2006 WAG brigade.
The glamorous wives and girlfriends famously commanded the spotlight during the tournament, garnering more attention than their player husbands who actually took to the pitch in Germany.
Last year Victoria’s wife David and his close friend Gary Neville remarked on the influence of their WAGs at that time in a chat on Neville’s YouTube channel.
Reflecting on the decision to have the footballer’s families take centre stage during that World Cup, David admitted he was never against having the loved ones support them at the tournament.
He said: ‘I think there was attention on them. I always believed as an England captain, having wives and girlfriends and the kids around wasn’t a bad thing.
‘Once you’re in a training camp, you’re in training camp, you have to focus, but I think at the start of a tournament, it’s not a bad thing.’
Icons: Alongside Coleen, Cheryl Cole and Victoria Beckham were also part of the 2006 WAG brigade
But the sportsman, who was captain of the Three Lions for the tournament which saw them crash out in the quarter-finals after losing a penalty shootout against Portugal, confessed the obsession with the WAGs did go ‘too far.’
He said: ‘Looking back, that whole culture – there was a lot of attention around that and whether people behaved themselves in the right manner, I don’t know.
‘Even Victoria – she’s the first to say now – what was I doing, what was I wearing, why would I do that? It did [go too far].
‘There was more spoken about the WAGs than football. at the time, players want to focus on the tournament. It went too far, but I do believe having the WAGs and family around is a good thing.’