- England’s WAGs will be provided with security at this summer’s World Cup
- The FA confirmed that family members of players and staff will be protected
- They have also been invited to travel with the FA’s official travel company
- Some players are also looking to hire private security guards amid security fears
England’s WAGs are being provided with their own security detail by the Football Association at this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
A spokesperson for the governing body confirmed on Sunday that family members of both coaching staff and players will be protected during their time at the tournament as part of the official FA delegation.
They have also been invited to travel with the FA’s official travel company.
England’s WAGs are being provided with their own security detail by the FA at the World Cup
Some players, Sportsmail understands, are also looking to hire private security guards to accompany their families amid rising security fears.
But the FA have moved to provide Gareth Southgate and his players with peace of mind during the World Cup by extending their delegation to families for the first time since the infamous WAGs circus at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
The FA said details of their arrangements would remain a closely guarded secret as part of their security measures and it remains unclear how many family members are intending to travel to Russia.
Jamie Vardy’s wife, Rebekah, was in the crowd at the 2016 European Championships in France
But the operation will certainly be complicated by the fact that some partners and family members will fly in and out of Russia for the games.
That said, the situation is unlikely to mirror what occurred in Baden-Baden 12 years ago when players’ partners and their families were based in a five-star hotel just a short journey from England’s HQ. They became the focus of the media glare and too much of a distraction for the squad, with Sven Goran Eriksson allowing his players to spend far too much time at the WAGs hotel.
While Southgate wants a relaxed atmosphere in the England camp this summer, the family members who do travel are expected to stay some 30 miles and up to an hour’s drive away in St Petersburg, only making the journey to the coastal town of Repino the day after England matches.
Players’ partners and families were based in a just a short journey from England’s HQ in 2006
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