Wayne's man Stretford gets in shape
- 12 Jun 06, 09:49 AM
BADEN-BADEN Wayne Rooney's agent Paul Stretford was among the early starters at our hotel gym this morning - maybe getting in shape for a busy week of calming down Sir Alex Ferguson if his charge plays against Trinidad and Tobago.
He then took a turn on the step machine, possibly ensuring he can outsprint a fuming Fergie as he looks for answers about Wayne's participation in the World Cup.
Don't know about his gym shoes, Stretford might be needing his ear-plugs by the time the week's out.
No comment on Wayne sadly - but can we read anything into his presence ahead of the game in Nuremberg?
There was another crisis in the gym when someone mislaid what is fast becoming an essential piece of kit for the travelling media man - an iPod.
The hotel's notice board drew attention to the fact, complete with a disgraceful jibe at a sex god and legend.
It read: "iPod found in fitness room. Lots of Tom Jones so claimant may wish to remain anonymous."
Tom Jones fans? Surely it's not unusual.
The Press Association's England reporter John Curtis went down in legend at the 2002 World Cup in Japan and Korea for what was arguably the most memorable incident of the whole tournament.
As we waited at our Sapporo Hotel to return to our main Japanese base after England's win against Argentina, Curtis marched through the foyer with his bags, past the waiting English media and straight on to the Argentine team bus.
When greeted by a fuming Gabrial Batistuta and his colleagues, Curtis demanded: "Come on Gabriel get off - English media only."
No-one could understand the response. But we could have a good guess.
Now Curtis, currently suffering after picking up a knee injury interviewing England players following the win against Jamaica, is at it again.
In his haste to catch the bus back to Baden-Baden from Frankfurt, the popular PA man mistakenly marched on to a bus containing...members of the Paraguay supporters' club.