Blog Posts by Ash Hashim

  • Steven Gerrard doesn't want WAGs distraction at World Cup

    Alex and Steven Gerrard (Futbolita Photo)

    Ahead of England's World Cup campaign in Brazil this June, captain Steven Gerrard has admitted that he would not welcome the "wives and girlfriends" (WAGs) circus to town.

    Although manager Roy Hodgson has allowed his players' spouses to join the 23-man squad at their base, the Liverpool star has claimed they are big distractions.

    Instead, he prefers his wife of nearly seven years, Alex Curran, 31, and two daughters to stay home in England during the showpiece tournament.

    "I thought it was bit of a distraction, so in 2010 when I set off for the World Cup in South Africa I preferred for my family to be away from me and I could focus on trying to get my form right. So I will be doing the same again in Brazil," said Gerrard, 33, in an interview.

    His wife Curran (seen below with Gerrard, when he was awarded an honorary fellowship from Liverpool's John Moores university) is a model and fashion columnist. She is a notable part of England's WAG group, also made up of Coleen Rooney and formerly

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  • Man Utd's Japan ace Shinji Kagawa has a bizarre birthday bash



    Manchester United's Japanese star Shinji Kagawa celebrated his birthday in bizarre fashion on Monday.

    Despite United's humiliating 3-0 loss to Liverpool on Sunday, the midfielder was determined not to let it ruin his mood.

    Kagawa posed in a series of funny photos to commemorate turning 25 at his home in Manchester.

    One odd picture sees him posing with his birthday cake while flanked by two unidentified friends wearing masks of his face.

    These masks are typically worn by devoted fans of Kagawa in the stands at Old Trafford, who want to show their support for him.

    His cake featured a quirky model of him in his United kit, and was emblazoned with the club and Japanese Football Association badges.

     

    Kagawa was an unused substitute in United's dismal defeat by Liverpool, which saw more pressure being piled on club coach David Moyes.

    It hasn't been the most enjoyable season for Kagawa, with him left out of regular first team action. Moyes prefers the likes of Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and

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