At Euro 2016, England’s WAGs warned they ‘could be targeted by terrorists’

Jamie Vardy and fiancee Rebekah Nicholson

Jamie Vardy recently tied the knot with Rebekah Nicholson

The families and partners of Roy Hodgson’s Lions have been given a comprehensive security briefing by the FA and added security keep them safe during Euro 2016 . England’s WAGs have been told to be careful what they post on their Twitter and Instagram accounts – amid fears they could be targeted by terrorists during the tournament.

Special arrangements include secret private villas in the French countryside being booked for the families, and a team of the world’s top security operatives being hired to secure the team and their loved ones.

The squad have been told their partners can fly out to support them during the Euros which kick-off on Saturday but they will not be allowed in the team hotel in Chantilly, France.

And with the two parties due to be apart for large periods, the FA have decided to draft in extra security amid concerns about terrorism and crime surrounding the tournament.

The WAGs from the 2006 World Cup in Germany generated a lot of media attention

The WAGs expected to travel include Coleen Rooney, wife of England skipper Wayne, Joe Hart’s wife Kimberly and Rebekah Vardy who married striker Jamie last month.

Their locations will remain under wraps and FA chiefs have ordered them to avoid posting anything on social media which could reveal their whereabouts.

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The team will be staying at the luxurious Auberge du Jeu Paume hotel in the grounds of the Chateau de Chantilly.

Players will be chauffeured to meet their families in designated slots set aside by England boss Roy Hodgson – shortly after each of their games.

Coleen Rooney
Coleen Rooney will be heading to France, supporting husband Wayne

A source revealed to the Sunday People: “There has been an intense security briefing, and the arrangements which are in place should ensure the players’ families are kept safe at all times – so the guys can focus completely on the football.

“It’s a very tense time and nobody is taking any chances. The wives and girlfriends will be made completely aware of the risks and dangers, and the advice has been to avoid anything which could potentially increase that risk.

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“The biggest thing is keeping their locations under wraps – they’re going to be staying out of the way in low key places, and the official transport and security staff will ensure the players are able to travel out to see them in safety.”

Earlier in the year, Hodgson revealed he would allow players families to attend the tournament – believing a more relaxed approach would help the squad’s performances.

Fully equiped members of the GIGN
Fully equipped members of the GIGN

He said: “I trust the players, I think they do their work and when they are not working they are still thinking and preparing for games.

“I don’t want to lock them away.”

But many of the women intend to travel the short distance to France only for the games, flying back to the UK after each meeting with their loved ones.

The arrangements will ensure there is not a repeat of the infamous World Cup 2006 in Baden-Baden, where the players’ partners attracted huge amounts of attention.

But Becky Vardy, wife of Jamie, recently told the Sunday Mirror how the ethos within the team set-up is now very different.

She said: “My main concern is to be there to support Jamie, as his wife, if he gets the call-up. It’s to be there to support him, not to join a fashion parade.”