Former England international, Jermain Defoe says that the 2010 World Cup camp was extremely boring to a point where he and teammate Wayne Rooney decided to watch Rooney’s wedding on DVD.
Speaking to ESPN, the former Tottenham and Sunderland striker says that despite all the excitement behind Africa hosting the World Cup for the first time, there were plenty of moments of intense boredom.
“When we were in South Africa, I remember one night I was bored, so me and Wayne Rooney sat in his room and watched his whole wedding on DVD,” he told ESPN.
“It was nice to spend quality time with a teammate. Wayne had something like a flash mob, the waiters were singing, dancing, if I can remember.”
“It was good because he was my strike-partner. Yeah, you do get bored but all the teams get bored.”
Italian manager, Fabio Capello, was in charge of England’s team at that time and Defoe reveals what their relationship was like.
“Fabio (was alright. He was strict, though. One day I was late for a meeting, I got the times wrong, and oh my God my heart was beating.
“Fabio was alright. He was strict, though. One day I was late for a meeting, I got the times wrong, and oh my God my heart was beating.”
“I thought, ‘I’ll never do that again’. But, you know what, I liked it. You’re not scared but you know you have to listen and he’s got that respect, he’s got that presence as soon as you walk into the changing rooms.”