How England’s WAGS have transformed over the years – from Victoria Beckham to Kate Kane

It was a moment that some of us have been waiting for since 1996 – the England football team made it to the Euros finals in 2021.

And while football devotees' eyes are locked firmly on the pitch, the players wives and girlfriends often find themselves drawing attention too.

Pictures of 'WAGS' making their way to games and showing their support in the stands have become as iconic as some of the footballing moments. Who could forget Victoria Beckham and Cheryl Cole sat side-by-side at the 2006 World Cup, with Coleen Rooney in the background?

But in the 16 years since VB and co.'s infamous trip to Baden Baden, a lot has changed and, it seems, the 'WAG' label itself is dying out as the partners ditch fashion for football kits.

When it came to attending matches, Cheryl and Coleen were never afraid to steal the spotlight from their footballing other halves, dressing up and showing off their best looks for the photographers.

In 2006, it was all about tight-fitting vest tops, short shorts and questionable knee-high boots (we're, looking at you Victoria), but the modern day WAGS have shunned these style choices an usually just sport the football shirts instead.

Back when they were pals, Rebekah Vardy – seen above in 2016 – started opting for an England top while Coleen stuck to her statement style.

Recently the pair have been showing off their power styles instead as they faced each other in court over the Wagatha Christie case.

Now, we're see more and more of the partners and girlfriends leaving their fashion-forward (and scene-stealing) looks in at home, with the likes of Harry Kane’s wife Kate and Jordan Pickford’s partner Megan Davison supporting their men in more pared-down ensembles.

This doesn't mean they've ditched fashion entirely though. You can still style up an England shirt with a fabulous skirt or denim shorts – as Megan proved when she opted to wear her goalkeeper beau Jordan’s yellow No1 England jersey to a previous match.

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It's not just the fashion that's changing, as today's WAGs aren't too keen on the label they've inherited either.

On Loose Women, The Saturdays singer Frankie Bridge – who is married to footballer Wayne – said she finds the term "frustrating".

"It used to annoy me because I’d think I’ve worked for years in the public eye, they know I have my own career and even if I didn’t, why am I now just this thing because I am married to someone who plays a sport?," she said.

Sam Kimberley, author of 'WAG WARs: The Nostalgic Story of Footballers’ Wives' backs up Frankie's point.

Sam explains: "Some say they don’t like the label ‘WAG’ as they have their own careers and the WAG excesses of noughties and teens seem to only live through Rebekah Vardy and Colleen Rooney’s million-pound plus libel spat."

One thing hasn't changed though. While their looks are more pared-down, the ladies still show their support for their partners and the England team.

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