World Cup families...And Now For The Mads (The Mums and Dads)

When England travelled to Germany, it wasn't only the WAGs (wives and girlfriends) who went along. Ian Herbert plays keepy-uppy with the footballers' parents


Ron Callender, father of Ashley Cole

Ashley Cole lists his mother, Sue, and the Arsenal coaching staff as the biggest influences on his career. Cole sees a lot less of his father, Ron Callender, who left seven years after his parents married and now lives in Melbourne. Mrs Cole, who brought up both the England defender and his brother, Matthew, is known to dispense some of the wisdom that any jet-setting footballer needs. "She taught me that living in the world is not easy and you've just got to keep going and live your dream," he said recently.

She also provided a ticket for her former husband to see his son play in the 2002 World Cup, in Japan. Cole's fiancée, Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Tweedy, is single-handedly keeping his entourage in the upper reaches of the social stakes in Germany.

Janice Lavender, mother of Rio Ferdinand

The Ferdinands are among the World Cup's A-list, who travel to games by private jet. It's a far cry from life on Peckham's Friary Estate, where Ferdinand's mother brought him up. There's no sign of Ferdinand's father Julian, a tailor, who left home when the player was young. Ferdinand's long-term partner Rebecca Ellison is in Germany for the World Cup but, since she is pregnant, has lacked some of the high spirits of Coleen and her gang.

Bruce Crouch, father of Peter Crouch

There's no greater affection between father and son in the England team than that enjoyed by the gangly striker and his equally gangly father, Bruce, a senior advertising executive. He has been accompanied by his wife, Jane, and their daughter, Sarah, on the tour. A protective parent, Bruce turned around and gave the fans a piece of his mind when he heard them criticising his son in the crowd at the Trinidad & Tobago match. In return, Peter heaps praise on his dad at every available opportunity.

Wayne Rooney, father of Wayne Rooney

With in-laws like the McLoughlins, the poor Rooneys are finding it very hard to keep up on this World Cup tour. Coleen McLoughlin has long since overtaken Wayne in the celebrity stakes and her mum, Colette, has also eclipsed Wayne's mum Jeanette throughout the group stages of the tournament. While Colette can even give Neville Neville a run for his money, Mrs Rooney (a dinner lady) is less conspicuous.

Like her prospective daughter-in-law, Mrs Rooney has brushed up her image by losing weight and overhauling her wardrobe but her son has admitted she is inclined to cry when he performs well, which might explain why he wants her to keep a low profile.

Curiously, it seems that Wayne's dad, former boxer Wayne Snr, might have given the World Cup a miss. There has been no sign of him so far.

Neville Neville, father of Gary Neville

When your name is Neville Neville and you're partying for England in Baden Baden, you can be forgiven for thinking you're seeing double. True to form, Gary Neville's father was dancing on chairs in Garibaldi's bar with the girlfriends of Michael Carrick and Stewart Downing on Thursday night while raising an inflatable World Cup aloft and singing a song about Wayne Rooney.

All that won't come of much surprise to folk back in the family's home town of Bury, where Neville Snr, also father of ex-England player Phil and England national netball captain Tracey, is a legend - and was once commercial director of Bury FC. Fans at Manchester United even have a chant about him and his sons, which goes (to the tune of David Bowie's "Rebel, Rebel"):

Neville Neville, Their future's immense

Neville Neville, They play in defence

Neville Neville, Like Jacko they're bad

Neville Neville, Is the name of their dad."

Don Walcott, father of Theo Walcott

Don Walcott still can't quite believe he's in Germany so he can be forgiven for a degree of modesty in his alcohol intake - even though his son, Theo, hasn't had a run-out yet.

Walcott Snr, 45, an RAF civilian administrator from Newbury, Berkshire, has had a close hand in his son's rapid progress from the Southampton youth team to Arsenal. After the transfer, five months ago, he moved into a three-bedroom London flat with his son and drives him to training.

The proud father recently said of his son: "To me he'll always be my little baby."Hardly surprising, therefore, that Theo wants him in the background right now. Mum Lynn, 43, a midwife, is also believed to be in Germany.

Sandra Beckham, mother of David Beckham

The captain's parents Ted and Sandra, now separated, are a few steps removed from full revelry. This might be because the tournament build-up was not good for gas fitter Ted, 54. He is widely believed to have upset his son by writing his own pictorial book David Beckham: My Son without telling him. It meant that he was not present at the Beckhams' plush pre-tournament bash at their £10m mansion in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, while Sandra was. But a reconciliation was helped by David handing him tickets to England's games. There's not been too much babysitting of the grandchildren needed in Germany, either. Victoria Beckham has taken Brooklyn and Romeo out of the country between games - reportedly to Canada.

The Carragher clan, family of Jamie Carragher

When it comes to partying for England, no one can touch the Liverpudlian Carragher clan. There are about 20 of them in Germany, with a strike force led by Jamie's dad Philly - or "Carra" as his own entourage affectionately knows him. There's brother John in midfield and mates Stevie and Gary at the rear. Their clubbability has brought problems in the recent past, when one family member was fined £350 and banned from a ground for being drunk and disorderly during a Liverpool friendly match. The Carraghers are flying the flag with pride, even though their relative lack of affluence means they must slum it on a well-stocked coach to England games, while other parents cruise in by private jet.

Arts & Entertainment
Madonna in her music video for 'Like A Virgin'
music... and other misheard song lyrics
News
Waitrose will be bringing in more manned tills
newsOverheard in Waitrose: documenting the chatter in 'Britain's poshest supermarket'
News
The energy drink MosKa was banned for containing a heavy dose of the popular erectile dysfunction Levitra
news
News
Much of the colleges’ land is off-limits to locals in Cambridge, with tight security
educationAnd has the Cambridge I knew turned its back on me?
VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition iPad app?
Sport
Australia's Dylan Tombides competes for the ball with Adal Matar of Kuwait during the AFC U-22 Championship Group C match in January
sportDylan Tombides was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2011
News
Ida Beate Loken has been living at the foot of a mountain since May
newsNorwegian gives up home comforts for a cave
Extras
indybest10 best gardening gloves
News
Russia's President Vladimir Putin gives his annual televised question-and-answer session
peopleBizarre TV claim
Arts & Entertainment
tvIt might all be getting a bit much, but this is still the some of the finest TV ever made, says Grace Dent
Arts & Entertainment
Comedian Lenny Henry is calling for more regulation to support ethnic actors on TV
tvActor and comedian leads campaign against 'lack of diversity' in British television
News
Posted at the end of March, this tweeted photo was a week off the end of their Broadway shows
people
News
peopleStar to remain in hospital for up to 27 days to get over allergic reaction
Arts & Entertainment
The Honesty Policy is a group of anonymous Muslims who believe that the community needs a space to express itself without shame or judgement
music
News
Who makes you happy?
happy listSend your nominations now for the Independent on Sunday Happy List
Life & Style
life
Independent
Travel Shop
the manor
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on city breaks Find out more
santorini
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on chic beach resorts Find out more
sardina foodie
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on country retreats Find out more
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition iPad app?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Apprentice IT Technician

£150.00 per week: QA Apprenticeships: This company is a company that specializ...

1st Line Technical Service Desk Analyst IT Apprentice

£153.75 per week: QA Apprenticeships: This company is an innovative outsourcin...

1st Line Helpdesk Engineer Apprentice

£150.00 per week: QA Apprenticeships: This company has been providing on site ...

Sales Associate Apprentice

£150.00 per week: QA Apprenticeships: We've been supplying best of breed peopl...

Day In a Page

How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe: Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC

How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe

Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC
Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy attacked as 'sinful'

British Muslims's Happy video attacked as 'sinful'

The four-minute clip by Honesty Policy has had more than 300,000 hits on YouTube
Church of England-raised Michael Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith

Michael Williams: Do as I do, not as I pray

Church of England-raised Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith
A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife

A History of the First World War in 100 moments

A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife
Comedian Jenny Collier: 'Sexism I experienced on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

Jenny Collier: 'Sexism on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

The comedian's appearance at a show on the eve of International Women's Day was cancelled because they had "too many women" on the bill
Cannes Film Festival: Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or

Cannes Film Festival

Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or
The concept album makes surprise top ten return with neolithic opus from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson

The concept album makes surprise top ten return

Neolithic opus from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson is unexpected success
Lichen is the surprise new ingredient on fine-dining menus, thanks to our love of Scandinavian and Indian cuisines

Lichen is surprise new ingredient on fine-dining menus

Emily Jupp discovers how it can give a unique, smoky flavour to our cooking
10 best baking books

10 best baking books

Planning a spot of baking this bank holiday weekend? From old favourites to new releases, here’s ten cookbooks for you
Jury still out on Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini

Jury still out on Pellegrini

Draw with Sunderland raises questions over Manchester City manager's ability to motivate and unify his players
Ben Stokes: 'Punching lockers isn't way forward'

Ben Stokes: 'Punching lockers isn't way forward'

The all-rounder has been hailed as future star after Ashes debut but incident in Caribbean added to doubts about discipline. Jon Culley meets a man looking to control his emotions
Mark Johnston: First £1 million jackpot spurs him on

Mark Johnston: First £1 million jackpot spurs him on

The most prize money ever at an All-Weather race day is up for grabs at Lingfield on Friday, and the record-breaking trainer tells Jon Freeman how times have changed
Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail. If you think it's awful, then just don't watch it'

Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail'

As the second series of his divisive sitcom 'Derek' hits screens, the comedian tells James Rampton why he'll never bow to the critics who habitually circle his work
Mad Men series 7, TV review: The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge

Mad Men returns for a final fling

The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge
Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground as there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit

Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground

Technology giant’s scientists say there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit