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World Cup WAGs: Is Roy Hodgson's decision the right one?

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Roy Hodgson has overturned his decision to allow his England players to travel to the 2014 World Cup with their wives and girlfriends in tow. 

At the end of February, Hodgson said he would have a relaxed approach to the matter, saying: "We haven't made any hard and fast rules. It will be up to the players to decide."

Little over a month later and the Three Lions boss has gone back on this statement, with the Football Association saying they will not be covering travel for the WAGs, and insisting they can fly over to support their spouses at their own expense.

But is this the right choice to make? Surely in any case denying a wife the right to support her husband when he is so far from home and under an enormous amount of pressure is unacceptable.

However, the players' partners are not being banned altogether from being there during the tour in the US which the players fly out for on June 1. They are able to make the journey and attend the matches, but of their own accord and will have little time with their husbands and boyfriends.

But ultimately, when your other half has managed to reach the pinnacle of his career, and as playing football is these players' job, the WAGs should be understanding of the limited contact time, given the matter at hand.

At the 2010 World Cup, former England boss Fabio Capello did not allow any partners at the team's base in South Africa, as well as only a small number of brief encounters.

Interestingly, four years earlier in Germany, all of the players families were allowed open access to where the squad was staying. At that World Cup, they progressed further than in South Africa. 

Really though, it is down to the players. They have worked hard to qualify for the tournament and ultimately it is their performance which will matter in the summer, regardless of whether their WAGs are there or not. 

Who knows, they may not even be apart from their companions for long at all.

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