Welsh WAGs including Charlotte Russell show their support in a must-win game
Welsh and English WAGs have set aside their rivalries as thet sit in the same stands to support their partners play in England v Wales in tonight’s 2022 World Cup match.
The match will be the first time the two home nations have ever met in a world cup tournament – and the stakes couldn’t be higher for Wales, who need to beat England 4-0 to have a chance of making it out of the group.
Nonetheless, the Welsh wives, girlfriends and fiancées flocked to Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Doha to support their beaus – and they showed the rivalry between the nations is restricted to the game as they hugged England WAGs in the stands ahead of kick-off.
It’s only a game! The England and Wales girlfriends greeted each other with a hug as they saw each other in the stands before the match kicked off
David Brooks’ girlfriend Flora and Charlotte Russell, Kieffer Moore’s fiancée, were seen arriving at the stadium this evening proudly wearing their Welsh football shirts.
As Charlotte walked into the stadium, she showed her patriotism as she posed for photos holding up the Welsh flag behind her and beaming.
In the stands, Flora was pictured chatting to others before she spotted Georgina Irwin, who is in a relationship with England’s Aaron Ramsdale.
The pair tightly hugged when they saw each other, showing the WAGs’ friendships certainly aren’t bound by their team support.
David Brooks’ girlfriend Flora (pictured in a Wales shirt) chatted to people in the stands while Aaron Ramsdale’s girlfriend Georgina Irwin wore her boyfriend’s shirt from the Iran game
Although it is unlikely Wales will progress through the group stage of this tournament, it is still possible if they beat England 4-0 (pictured: David Brooks’s girlfriend and Aaron Ramsdale’s girlfriend hugging)
Georgina Irwin, who is in a relationship with Aaron Ramsdale, smiled as she waited for the England and Wales players to come out onto the pitch
Feeling tired, Georgina? Aaron Ramsdale’s girlfriend looked a little exhausted (or perhaps a little bored!) as she watched the match
Georgina Irwin let out a yawn as fans around her appeared glued to the game
Ria Hughes, girlfriend of Wales’s Daniel James, appeared in the stands with the couple’s son on her lap as she got ready to cheer on Wales
Little fidget! The couple’s son looked a little restless as he sat on his mother’s lap ahead of kick off
Ria stood up to get a better look at the pitch while carrying the son she shares with Daniel James ahead of the match
Kieffer Moore’s fiancée Charlotte Russell (pictured) posed for photos outside the Ahmad Bin Ali stadium, Doha in her Wales shirt and carrying the Welsh flag as Wales prepare to take on England in their last group game of the World Cup 2022
Welsh beauty! Kieffer Moore’s girlfriend Charlotte Russell showed her support for Wales by holding up the Welsh flag as she posed outside the stadium
Charlotte (pictured) also wore her Wales jersey ahead of the game, in which her boyfriend Kieffer is expected to be in the starging XI
Also in the stands was Ria Hughes, who was also proudly wearing her Wales shirt as she cradled the son she shares with Daniel James.
As the players prepared for kick off, England seem almost certain to progress through their group after drawing 0-0 with the USA and beating Iran 6-2.
However, after a 1-1 draw with the USA and a 2-0 defeat to Iran, Wales’s path to the knockout stages is much narrower – although it is still mathematically possible.
Despite the slim chance of making it through to the next round, Wales’s players have strong support from their partners, many of whom have been in Qatar throughout the tournament so far.
And Aaron Ramsey’s wife Colleen has even made the trip to Doha with the couple’s two children so they could support him this evening.
Posting photos on her Instagram story of herself and the children at the airport and on the plane, she wrote: ‘Let’s go!’
As Wales get set to compete in their first World Cup since 1958, FEMAIL take a look at the VERY glamorous WAGS cheering them on in Qatar – from childhood sweethearts to a sports instructor and animal lover
Wales’ World Cup squad including LAFC star Gareth Bale have landed in Qatar as the countdown continues to the tournament getting underway.
Rob Page’s side jetted off from Cardiff Airport on Tuesday, six days before Wales first game in a World Cup since 1958.
The 26-man squad that were selected for the major tournament have since arrived at in the Qatari capital ahead of their opening match against USA on Monday evening.
Wales will also take on England and Iran in the group-stages as they bid to go against the odds and progress into the knock-out stages.
But who are the glamorous WAGs cheering them on? From childhood sweethearts, to a model, an interior designer and an animal lover, there’s a host of supportive partners ready to be by the team’s side.
Here, FEMAIL takes a look at the partners supporting their footballers…
Engaged to Chris Mepham
Jodie Francis, 24, is engaged to Welsh football star Chris Mepham. Pictured soaking up the sun in a bikini on holiday
The brunette beauty shares glamorous photos from the couple’s travels on Instagram. Pictured in their hotel room on a recent Greek getaway
Chris Mepham proposed to his long-term girlfriend Jodie Francis in Dubai in July 2022
Chris Mepham plays for Bournemouth and has been selected for the Welsh World Cup team
Chris Mepham proposed to his long-term girlfriend Jodie Francis in Dubai in July 2022.
The Bournemouth and Wales team footballer popped the question to Jodie while on holiday in the United Arab Emirates.
Mepham, 24, posted a picture on Instagram from their romantic proposal, and wrote: ‘She said YES!!!’
He added: ‘Cannot begin to explain how grateful I am to have you in my life, I can’t wait to one day marry you and spend the rest of my life with you.’
He proposed on a beach bed filled with roses, with his bride wearing a cream cut-out dress for the special moment.
Married to Harry Wilson
Abby Claybrook is married to Welsh football star Harry Wilson. The blonde beauty often posts glamorous photos from nights out on Instagram
Abby Claybrook, 24, is the girlfriend of footballer Harry Wilson, and has been a constant in his life since he emerged on the scene as a youngster at Liverpool
Amy posted this stunning bikini snap on her Instagram page from a holiday to Dubai
Harry plays for Fulham football club and has been selected for the Wales World Cup team
Abby Claybrook, 24, is the wife of footballer Harry Wilson, and has been a constant in his life since he emerged on the scene as a youngster at Liverpool.
The first picture of them together was revealed on Instagram in 2014, when Claybrook was just 15 and Wilson was 16.
Abbey, who finished a degree in Liverpool, enjoys a Wag’s lifestyle, often opting for designer ensembles and enjoying luxurious holidays.
On Instagram, she regularly shares snaps from her trips abroad with Wilson, including visits to Paris, Ibiza and Dubai.
Back in 2020, Abby and Harry added to their household with a Poodle cross, although the pooch’s name isn’t known.
Dating Danny Ward
Rebecca Naylor, pictured at her home, has been dating Welsh footballer Danny Ward since 2016
The couple – who welcomed their first child together in November 2019 – pictured on holiday earlier this year
Rebecca pictured on a getaway to the Seychelles in 2018
The footballer’s girlfriend lovingly refers to her partner as her ‘world’ on social media
Out of the entire Welsh squad, goalkeeper Danny Ward seems to be one of the most loved-up men on the team.
The Leicester City player welcomed son Albie with long-term girlfriend Rebecca Naylor in November 2019.
Although the couple have never confirmed when they started dating, Danny first appeared on Rebecca’s Instagram in 2016.
The proud mum’s Instagram feed is full of glamorous photos from their exotic travels over the years – from the Seychelles to Dubai.
On his 26th birthday, Rebecca lovingly referred to her partner as her ‘world’ – just months before they became parents for the first time.
Sharing a gushing post on Danny’s special day in 2019, Rebecca wrote: ‘Happy 26th birthday to my world! Hope you have the most amazing day!
‘We’re so lucky to spend your birthday in such beautiful places! I love you always.’
Engaged to Kieffer Moore
Model and Instagram content creator Charlotte Russell is engaged to Welsh footballer Kieffer Moore
The model – pictured on holiday earlier this year – has aspirations of becoming a TV presenter
In May, Bournemouth striker Kieffer got down on one knee and proposed to Charlotte during a romantic trip to Greece
The bride-to-be posted a gushing tribute to her fiance earlier this year, saying she was ‘beyond proud’ of him for making it to the Premier League
Alongside her modelling, Kieffer Moore’s fiance Charlotte Russell refers to herself as a ‘content creator’ on Instagram and boasts a cool 10,200 followers.
In a recent post, the bride-to-be explained how it’s her ‘dream’ to one day become a TV presenter and shared some behind-the-scenes photos of a top-secret project she’s been working on.
In May, Bournemouth striker Kieffer got down on one knee and proposed to Charlotte during a romantic trip to Greece.
Sharing the happy news on his Instagram, he wrote: ‘The most incredible woman and I can’t wait to marry her!’
Shortly before they got engaged, Charlotte posted a gushing post expressing how proud she was of her other half for getting promoted to the Premier League.
She wrote: ‘What a journey it has been. To come from non league, to playing for your country and now scoring the winning goal to secure promotion.
‘You bloody did it babe and it couldn’t have happened to a better person. Beyond proud of you!’
Married to Ben Davies
Interior designer Emily Caplan is married to footballer Ben Davies
The couple, both 29, tied the knot earlier this year
Emily regularly posts glamorous photos of her outfits on Instagram – such as this hot pink ensemble
Emily poses in a bikini on holiday in LA back in 2019
Tottenham Hotspur player Ben Davies has been chosen for the Welsh squad
Going against footballer tradition, Ben Davies and his wife opted for a low-key wedding when they tied the knot at Old Marylebone Town Hall in June.
However, they then went on to host a lavish reception with friends and family at the Victoria and Albert museum in South Kensington.
The Tottenham Hotspur player and his new wife are both 29 and appear to spend most of their time in London – even though their work takes them around the country.
When she’s not cheering her husband on at matches, Emily is an interior designer and works in properties across the UK.
Although Ben has never publicly spoken about his relationship, the two make regular appearances on each other’s Instagram pages and gushing refer to each as ‘my love’.
Married to Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale and Emma Rhys-Jones (pictured in 2015) are both from Cardiff and met at Whitchurch High School in the Welsh capital
The couple were married in front of a 60-strong guest list on the exclusive Spanish island of Tagomago off Ibiza in the summer of 2019.
Gareth Bale and Emma Rhys-Jones are both from Cardiff and met at Whitchurch High School in the Welsh capital.
Emma and Welsh footballer Bale became engaged at a private party in the Vale of Glamorgan in July 2016, before marrying in 2019.
The couple’s first child, Alba Violet, was born in Cardiff in October 2012. They had another daughter, Nava Valentine, in March 2016, and Axel Charles, born in May 2018. Son Xander Frank was welcomed into the world in July 2021.
While Bale is one of the biggest names in football, his wife largely shuns the limelight.
But the Real Madrid star makes regular gestures to the mother of his children, often marking a goal for either club or country with his heart goal celebration, which he trademarked in 2013.
Tee-total, Bale is a man who prioritises his family life and is rarely seen out partying, preferring to indulge in his love of golf away from football.
The couple were married in front of a 60-strong guest list on the exclusive Spanish island of Tagomago off Ibiza in the summer of 2019.
Engaged to Dan James
Ria Hughes, who works as a sports instructor for a gymnastics club, became engaged to Wales winger and her partner of five years Daniel James in June 2022
Dan posted this sweet photo of his partner on her birthday earlier this year
The couple – who have been together for five years – share a son together
Ria Hughes, who works as a sports instructor for a gymnastics club, became engaged to Wales winger and her partner of five years Daniel James in June 2022.
He proposed in Mykonos, surrounded by the picturesque ocean and hilltops, with large white letters spelling out ‘MARRY ME’ placed in the background of their venue.
The newly-engaged pair were all smiles as they posed for pictures to celebrate the special moment, before the footballer shared them to Instagram.
James opted for a white shirt and beige shorts, while Ria looked elegant in a silver crop top and white flares.
Their infant son also joined them for the momentous occasion. He was born in September 2021, just after James completed his £25million transfer to Leeds from Manchester United. He is currently on loan at Fulham.
The couple live with their adorable cockapoo, Hugo, who she gave to Daniel as a 21st birthday gift.
Married to Aaron Ramsey
Colleen Ramsay is the wife of Nice player Aaron
Aaron Ramsey and his wife Colleen share three sons, Sonny, seven, and twins Tomas and Teddy, three
The kind-hearted pair – pictured last year – asked guests to donate money to the Parkinsons UK charity rather than bringing gifts to their wedding
Aaron Ramsey and his wife Colleen share three sons, Sonny, seven, and twins Tomas and Teddy, three.
The midfielder married his childhood sweetheart at Caldicot Castle in his native Wales in 2014.
Ramsey arrived by helicopter for his big day and opted for a smart navy suit and tie. Guests included Theo Walcott, Gareth Bale and former Welsh international teammate Craig Bellamy.
The kind-hearted pair asked guests to donate money to the Parkinsons UK charity rather than bringing gifts.
Writing on Colleen’s JustGiving page, they said: ‘We are very blessed people and we know we are also hard to buy for – so instead of gifts we would like to offer our guests the opportunity to give to charity.
‘The many hard working people at Parkinson’s UK will put your donations to very good use. Mr and Mrs Ramsey xx’
Later Ramsey – who went on honeymoon in Venice – tweeted: ‘Thank you to everyone who was a part of the last week for making it so special for us #MrAndMrs’
Engaged to Connor Roberts
New mum Georgina Marcella welcomed her first child with Connor Roberts earlier this year
While Georgina was still pregnant, the Burnley star was rushed to hospital with pnuemonia in December 2021. The couple pictured shortly after their daughter was born in March
The new mum’s band Rendez Vous at Two has amassed over 8.1m streams on Spotify. Pictured before giving birth in March
In March 2022, Connor Roberts and his fiancee Georgina Marcella welcomed their first daughter together.
Although Connor has made a name for himself as a football hero, his fiance Georgina is also a rising star in the music industry.
The new mum’s band Rendez Vous at Two has amassed over 8.1m streams on Spotify.
While Georgina was still pregnant, the Burnley star was rushed to hospital with pnuemonia in December 2021.
Posting a photo from the waiting room, the then mother-to-be wrote: ‘By your side through anything.’
In another Instagram post, Georgina added: ‘Me and bump will spend every day in hospital beside you until you’re better & back home. I love you.’
Speaking to Lancashire Live following his recovery, Connor said: ‘Georgina was incredible through it all.
‘She’s pregnant but since we came here it’s not been about her bless her. I’ve been injured and down in the dumps so she was brilliant and wants to see me happy and playing football.’
Married to Joe Allen
Joe and Lacey Allen, whose son Alfie was born in September 2012, were married in a ceremony on the Gower Peninsula in south Wales in 2014
Joe and Lacey Allen, whose son Alfie was born in September 2012, were married in a ceremony on the Gower Peninsula in south Wales in 2014.
Inherently private, he was a little embarrassed when Lacey posted a photograph on Twitter of 2014’s birthday present.
Then again a photograph of a top footballer holding a live chicken is rather unusual.
‘It was just a “What do you get the guy who has everything?” kind of present,’ laughed Allen, in an interview with MailOnline a year later.
‘My wife is a big animal lover and it was, yeah, my surprise present. It has got a name but I’m not telling you! We already had a couple of chickens and this is a cockerel. That was the point of it really. In the dressing room, it’s a bit of a random one.
‘I keep my private life private and I guess that was a rare insight. We didn’t realise what impact it would have but it was harmless enough.’
Speaking to Chicken and Egg magazine in 2016, the Welshman, who at the time was taking care of 16 pet chickens with his wife, said: ‘Lacey was behind the decision… we both have an interest in animal welfare but she came up with the idea to save hens and I agreed it was something that would be great to do.
‘We didn’t have any hens growing up but wanted to help chickens after they finished their commercial lives.’
WALES WORLD CUP SQUAD FOR 2022:
Wayne Hennessey (Nottingham Forest)
Danny Ward (Leicester City)
Adam Davies (Stoke)
Ben Davies (Tottenham)
Joe Rodon (Rennes)
Ben Cabango (Swansea City)
Chris Mepham (Bournemouth)
Chris Gunter (AFC Wimbledon)
Connor Roberts (Burnley)
Neco Williams (Nottingham Forest)
Ethan Amapdu (Spezia)
Tom Lockyer (Luton)
Aaron Ramsey (Nice)
Joe Allen (Swansea City)
Harry Wilson (Fulham)
Joe Morrell (Portsmouth)
Matthew Smith (MK Dons)
Dylan Levitt (Dundee United)
Sorba Thomas (Huddersfield)
Rubin Colwill (Cardiff City)
Jonny Williams (Swindon Town)
Gareth Bale (Los Angeles FC)
Daniel James (Fulham)
Mark Harris (Cardiff City)
Kieffer Moore (Bournemouth)
Brennan Johnson (Nottingham Forest)