First it was the Beatles ripping off the Shirelles and Chuck Berry. Then the Stones and Eric Clapton copped from American Blues. Now England is at it again, this time in the world of soccer: national-team captain John Terry getting involved with teammate Wayne Bridge’s wife? That is so U.S., circa 1998.
Last night, Eric Wynalda confirmed the long-simmering rumors about the real reason U.S. captain John Harkes was kicked off the ’98 U.S. team just two months before the World Cup in France: He was having an affair with Wynalda’s wife, Amy.
Wynalda brought it up on Fox Football Fone-In, the show he co-hosts with Brit Nick Webster, and also told the AP that there was “an inappropriate relationship. It was a major contributor to why I’m no longer married.” Wynalda split from his wife in 2003. They have three children.
“There’s a lot of similarities between what happened to us in ’98 and what’s happening now to England,” Wynalda said. “It’s an unfortunate time for England, because I know how that can affect a team firsthand. Obviously, we all know how we did in the World Cup in ’98.”
And that was with news of the affair all but squelched; England’s current mess is splashed all over the ruthless British tabloids.