England boss betrayed by double-dealing lover

The two-faced Italian firecracker set up her lucrative scam behind Eriksson’s back – despite publicly demanding privacy laws for celebrities like her and the England boss to hide behind. In a shocking betrayal of her partner, Dell’Olio milked at least 40 000 pounds by tipping off photographers about their holidays and dinner dates. While pretending to be the hard done-by victim of ruthless paparazzi, she secretly went to extraordinary lengths to ensure they got marketable shots, using Sven as an unwitting prop. The money-grabbing attention-seeker even sank to cashing in on his family – revealing advance details of his young daughter’s university graduation ceremony. Nancy (47), courted celebrity snapper Andrea Belmonte after Sven’s affair with English FA secretary Faria Alam was uncovered by the media. The double-dealing diva made sure her favoured lensman knew the Swede’s every move. Beckham’s palace of horror Beckingham Palace, the stately home of England captain David Beckham and wife Victoria, hides a secret of sadness and suffering. The fabulous ‘2,5 million riverside mansion where Beckham boys Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz each have their own luxurious bedrooms was once the home of 30 abused or abandoned children. Their tragic little lives were a world away from the luxuries the current residents enjoy. The whole place even had to be quarantined once when it suffered a dysentery outbreak. Former nursery nurse Elizabeth Sapsford still remembers the days in the 1960s when she was among the staff meeting misery on the doorstep day after day. She shared a room just above the entrance and witnessed a stream of tortured little souls aged between 10 days and five years being brought through the doors. Last week the Beckhams played host to football and showbiz stars from Robbie Williams to Wayne Rooney at their World Cup party. But Elizabeth (62), said: “I’m sure they have no idea of what went on in that house.” Rooney puts Fergie first Wayne Rooney has assured Sir Alex Ferguson he will not risk his Manchester United future for England – even if it ends his World Cup dream. He has promised to abide by the medical advice given after his crucial MRI scan on June 7 and if there is any doubt he will not play for England. It is believed Ferguson had concerns his young superstar was being pressured into rushing his rehabilitation. He spoke with Rooney at length this week and reinforced expert medical advice that he could do “serious long term damage” if he tries to push too hard too soon. A friend, said: “Wayne is desperate to play for England but he has said all along there will be other World Cups if he is not ready. It will be a crushing blow but he is sensible. There is no point in trying to rush an injury like this. If he goes too soon he has been told he could do serious damage.” Rio showing off too much AS A blood-and-thunder defender for Leeds and England, nothing scared Big Jack Charlton during his playing days. No opposing striker ever gave him the willies, and he was hardly quaking in his boots when the FA went ballistic after his infamous “little black book”, filled with the names of his enemies, was revealed. But Charlton, the rock at the back during the triumphant 1966 campaign, has one big fear about Sven Goran Eriksson’s side as they bid to end 40 years of hurt and emulate that great England side. He said: “I really worry about Rio Ferdinand because he wants to be a different player. There are more games lost with defenders trying to play alongside midfielders than anything else. “He shows off a little bit and it’s not necessary when you’re a centre-back. I’d rather he just got rid of it.” Record in sight for Owen Michael Owen has Sir Bobby Charlton’s goals record in his sights – but only because closing in on it can help England win the World Cup. With 35 goals in 75 international appearances, the Newcastle striker is fourth in England’s all-time list – 14 behind the mark set by 1966 hero Charlton. Owen said: “I would love to set a new record one day and if I can get to the 40 mark in Germany I will be very happy – because that would mean we’d have a great chance of winning the World Cup. “Setting records is nice. They give you something to look back on. But if I did break Sir Bobby’s record it would mean an awful lot more to me if I also had a World Cup medal to put alongside it. “If I stay in the England team in the next four or five years then I’d like to think I’ll score a few more goals.” Walcott as good as Rooney Peter Beardsley has hailed England’s boy wonder Theo Walcott as the best young player he has seen since Wayne Rooney. The Newcastle Academy coach insists that the 17-year-old Arsenal striker can be every bit as good as Rooney, Beardsley said: “I have seen Theo play for Southampton and also in the Academy and he is as good as anything I have ever seen at that age. “Walcott and Rooney are the two best players I have ever seen during my time in Academy football. Rooney at 15 looked brilliant, but I saw Walcott last year and he was also outstanding. “The half-volley he had against Belarus tells you all you need to know about his ability. For a 17-year-old boy to hit the ball as cleanly as he did told me he is a top player – and that is without ever having worked with him.”

June 2006
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