Alex Curran is now a member of the News of the World team and will have a weekly column throughout the World Cup! Fantastic! In this week’s she tells us about how proud she is of husband Steven Gerrard’s performance in yesterdays match in the World Cup against USA where Steven scored the first goal.
“For Steven to have scored the first goal for England in the World Cup was just a dream come true for all of us. It was so exciting. The atmosphere in the stadium must have been electric – it was tense enough at my barbecue in Liverpool!
That goal will be a memory we will treasure for ever. I can’t wait for our girls to be old enough to really understand what a star their daddy was last night.
They know he’s away working, playing football, but they’re really too young to get very excited about it all.
It was also so amazing to see so many England fans out there. I know they will have really lifted the team.
I spent the whole evening completely nervous. The game was amazing. We were all terribly downcast when America equalised. I had my head in my hands. But at least we didn’t lose. At the end of the day it’s better than that at least! Afterwards it was time to get our breath back and have a drink, I can tell you.
I had my mum and brother there, and all my friends. Steven’s mum and some of his friends popped in too. I’d decorated the house with England flags on Friday, to get into the spirit.
Last night our two kids (Lilly, six, and Lexie, four) also wore their England football shirts with “Daddy” printed on the back. I let them stay up to watch the game.
During the day I prepared food for the barbecue, to take my mind off what was to come. There were loads of salads, burgers, potatoes, hot dogs, chicken, prawns and tomato relish. I decided to come off my healthy-eating regime and just go for it. When I’m nervous I’m more likely to eat. I’ve been at home a lot, bored, so I’d already eaten a lot earlier in the week. I was drinking vodka with lime and soda. When Steven scored his goal I was so excited I almost dropped my glass! Earlier in the day he’d phoned us, and I texted him just before the game to wish him luck. I always do that, no matter where he is.
Even though the kids are quite loud, the house does feel quiet at the moment. It feels weird that Steven is not here day in, day out. It’s sad coming home and the house being empty. I feel like I haven’t moved all week and I’ve been bored out my head. I’m missing Steven a little bit and feel a bit lonely, to be honest. It sounds like I should be on Jeremy Kyle!
The girls are starting to miss Steven a bit more too.
Lilly is back at school, which is good because she’s occupied. But she and Lexie keep asking when he’s coming home. I keep explaining, “Daddy’s playing football,” and they understand he can be away for a long time. There’s been some talk the FA might organise a trip for the families in time for the semi-finals. That would be great. Fingers crossed.
For now, I’m thinking about what I’m going to do for the next game. I may go to a friend’s. But because last night went so well, I might organise another barbecue at mine. Come on, England!”