If you were hoping to get a behind the scenes look at the England squad’s World Cup tactics and team talks (or even just a Twitpic of their ludicrously expensive hotel rooms) by following the players on social networks, you’re out of luck. The FA have banned players from accessing Facebook and Twitter for the duration of the tournament.
That said, out of the provisional 30 man England squad, only Sunderland’s Darren Bent regularly tweets, and since his Twitter fall-out with Tottenham chief Daniel Levy he’s been a bit quiet anyway. I suppose at least it’ll be a good way to root out the fake footballer accounts online, especially if they’re supposedly tweeting whilst they’re out there in South Africa on the pitch!
It’s not just the English team who are having their web-privileges stripped away though, as Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has also banned his players from using social networking sites during the finals too. Brazilian ace Kaka also got into some Twitter-trouble recently after his wife laid into his Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini on the micro-blogging service.