Ian Wright recounts World Cup horror, explains worst hours of his life
By Alex Taylor
Arsenal legend Ian Wright has recalled the moment he found out that his home had been invaded while he was in Brazil covering the 2014 World Cup.
Wright, 52, is remembered as one of Arsenal’s greatest ever strikers but now works as a pundit with ITV.
The former Gunners star had his home broken into while he was 6,000 miles away in south America, as wife Nancy and his two children Lola and Roxanne were inside the house.
Wright has now described how the events unfolded.
“Nancy’s the perfect woman and I can’t stand to be apart from her and our daughters,” Wright wrote in an extract of his autobiography in The Sun.
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“She phoned up and told me they’d just been robbed at knife-point by four kids — and they were kids — who had invaded our home.
“How one of them was standing in Lola’s bedroom, one in Roxanne’s bedroom, threatening to cut their fingers off if Nancy didn’t tell them where the safe was. I got the call at 5.20pm and by 7pm I was on a plane home.
“That was the worst 15-20 hours of my life.”
Neither Wright’s wife or children were hurt in the ordeal and the forward later returned to Brazil, where he was a pundit for the Cameroon-Brazil match.
The Arsenal legend has since made a full return to punditry and is generally well liked by the watching public.
Wright scored 185 goals in 288 appearances in his time with the north London outfit.