WORLD CUP AGENDA: Netflix is following Gareth Bale, and it’s not all plain sailing on HMS Wag!

You may think those on board HMS Wag are surrounded by opulence and fellow residents whose behaviour is of an impeccably high standard. Not so much.

Agenda understands that on one recent night, a male Brazil supporter who appeared to be slightly the worse for wear urinated from the top floor of the five-storey atrium to the ground floor.

Meanwhile, the England wives and girlfriends are subject to multiple security checks, can only use cash loaded on to pre-paid cards and face reminders ‘everywhere’, including next to the giant screen by the pool showing World Cup matches, that they are not permitted to take booze off the boat.

England WAGs, including Harry Maguire’s fiancée Fern Hawkins, can’t take booze off their boat


There were smiles at the Al Bayt Stadium before England’s draw with the USA when Chelsea executive Behdad Eghbali appeared to launch a charm offensive on Mason Mount’s dad — armed with a bottle of water.

Eghbali, co-owner of the Blues with Todd Boehly, spotted Tony Mount, who acts as the midfielder’s agent, on his way back from the concession stand.

Carrying four water bottles, he swiftly handed him one, as onlookers joked that it may have been an attempt to broker a new contract.

Mount’s camp rejected an offer worth more than £200,000 a week before the tournament and are understood to be seeking parity with England team-mate Raheem Sterling, who is on £300,000.

Given the player’s wish to stay at the club, Chelsea are likely to get their way, with a deal set to be completed shortly after the World Cup.

Mason Mount's camp have rejected an offer worth more than £200,000 a week from Chelsea

Mason Mount’s camp have rejected an offer worth more than £200,000 a week from Chelsea


The hordes at the World Cup from neighbouring Saudi Arabia have to be seen to be believed.

A giant, Olympic-style Saudi House has been set up with a pavilion and screens. And the team’s victory over Argentina triggered unbridled joy from a huge following in the stands, although Agenda understands thousands of supporters are here on all-expenses-paid trips courtesy of the oil-rich state. Hundreds of staff are also in Qatar.

Insiders say to expect bids for the World Cup and Olympics in the near future.


A Netflix crew is following Gareth Bale around Qatar with the aim of making a documentary. It will form part of a series made in conjunction with FIFA called Captains — The Chosen Few. 

Croatia’s Luka Modric was the first skipper to be covered for the show. Officials will no doubt be hoping that Bale and his team-mates can pull off a miracle and secure passage to the knockout stages, but they are unlikely to be short of material, with Bale one of those involved in the OneLove armband row.

Wales captain Gareth Bale is set to star in a new Netflix documentary called The Chosen Few

Wales captain Gareth Bale is set to star in a new Netflix documentary called The Chosen Few


Much has been made of the patchy Wi-Fi at England’s HQ and how it has led to issues when players have tried to contact partners and loved ones, with calls frequently cutting off halfway through.

It is, however, also wreaking havoc with the players’ ability to play online video games against each other.

Clashes on FIFA and other games have been commonplace at previous tournaments and some have cheekily wondered whether the players’ desperation to get the WiFi fixed relates more to their gaming issues than their inability to speak to those on board HMS WAG.


This is the World Cup of pointless, Disneyland-style queuing systems, so Ian Rush did what the rest of us had been considering at the Wales-Iran match. 

The 61-year-old snuck through a gap in a fence to get directly from the stadium to the media centre, rather than walking a few hundred yards backwards and forwards to get to the same place. 

He was accosted by officials who refused him access. ‘This is ridiculous,’ bemoaned the Liverpool legend.

Wales legend Ian Rush tried to skip the queue ahead of his country's huge clash against Iran

Wales legend Ian Rush tried to skip the queue ahead of his country’s huge clash against Iran


Zero arrests of England or Wales fans here so far, with the limited availability of alcohol no doubt helping. 

Contrast that with the Wild West scenes in Tenerife on Friday, when fans from both countries traded punches and chairs in a shameful all-in brawl.


The darts competition at England’s HQ, inspired by former Agenda columnist Charles Sale, continues with Marcus Rashford atop the players’ leaderboard. 

The Manchester United striker’s three-dart 50 puts him ahead of Aaron Ramsdale (44), Eric Dier (41) and Conor Coady (39). 

The players, winners at the two previous tournaments, currently lead the media here 4-2, having won 9-2 at the last World Cup and 7-6 at the Euros.

Forward Marcus Rashford is at the summit of the leaderboard for England's darts competition

Forward Marcus Rashford is at the summit of the leaderboard for England’s darts competition


Qatar has been deluged with criticism and not much has happened to change people’s opinions of the Gulf state since the football started. 

The rant of FIFA president Gianni Infantino, combined with the organisation blocking captains wearing the OneLove armband, have only fuelled the narrative that Qatar is akin to a police state.

But it is not all negative. Those who possess the Hayya Card — the entry permit for World Cup visitors — needing hospital treatment have discovered that Qatar operates a slick service. 

A separate A&E department has been set up to treat Hayya Card holders and any treatment required and subsequent medication is free of charge. One does wonder if the same treatment is given to those not here to cover or watch the tournament, who do not possess the pass.


Alex Hartley ran a bath and had a soak whilst listening to a BBC security briefing via Zoom

Alex Hartley ran a bath and had a soak whilst listening to a BBC security briefing via Zoom

‘Prepare for the worst,’ was the mantra of one of the BBC party here, who brought 35 shirts — one for every day — in case there was nowhere to wash and dry his clothes. 

Agenda is happy to report that such facilities are in abundance. 

Cricket commentator Alex Hartley took a different approach ahead of her trip to Pakistan for England’s Test tour. Hartley was asked if she had any concerns. 

She replied she had to join a BBC security briefing on Zoom but found it so long and boring she turned off the camera, ran a bath and had a soak while listening in.


Away from the World Cup, a rare victory for common sense. Sportsmail revealed that Bolton was bidding for the Ryder Cup as part of plans by commercial giants Peel to build a new championship course on the outskirts of the town.

Following a backlash, councillors rejected the proposals, with Peel prevailing following an appeal to the planning inspectorate.

Now, that inspectorate has branded the rejection ‘unreasonable, irrational and injudicious to the extent that no reasonable authority would have made it’, and has ordered Bolton Council to pay costs.

Peel are set to use the money — likely to be hundreds of thousands of pounds — to fund community projects.