THE World Cup exploded into life last night – with a top Wigan official getting a front-row seat.
Roger Espinoza, Juan Carlos Garcia and Jean Beausejour are not the only Latics representatives in Brazil.
Former captain Matt Jackson has also flown to South America for the start of the tournament.
Now Football Operations Manager at Wigan, he carries out media roles for the BBC – which has taken him to the Brazil where he will act as a pundit.
He will be taking great interest in England’s progress as they begin their campaign tomorrow night.
In particular, one player – ex-team-mate Leighton Baines.
“I’m in Brazil at the moment commentating,” he told the Evening Post.
“It’ll be quite a test for him and I’m really looking forward to seeing him play.” Hondurans Espinoza and Garcia start their campaign on Sunday while Beausejour plays for Chile against Australia tonight at 11pm.
Two ex-Wigan players confirmed they had taken up coaching roles yesterday.
Jason Koumas has linked up with former club Tranmere Rovers, while Wembley goalscorer Simon Haworth has joined League Two side Shrewsbury Town.