Gary Neville has promised that there will be no repeat of the tabloid-friendly behaviour of the wives and girlfriends of England players during Euro 2012.
England coach Neville said the WAGs circus will not overshadow England's tournament as it did at the World Cup in Germany in 2006.
But Neville also said it was important that players were not bored in between matches - a complaint voiced by members of England's squad two years ago in South Africa.
"(The WAGS problem) won't happen again," Neville told reporters. "The FA learned from the experience in 2006. The England team did. The England players did. That wasn't ideal for anybody.
"It was symptomatic of the times. Between 2002 and 2007, everyone got carried away with everything in life.
"It is a different world now and those mistakes won't happen again under any manager or any regime. The platform won't be given."
The presence of wives and girlfriends like Victoria Beckham and Cheryl Cole in Germany was considered a major factor in England's quarter-final exit. The WAGs' off-field antics were labelled an unhelpful distraction to the players.
England went from one extreme in 2006 to another at the 2010 World Cup, shut away at an isolated base camp in South Africa that left players complaining of boredom.
The Football Association changed tack at Euro 2012 by choosing to base the team in the city centre of Krakow.
"You can never replicate the home environment," said Neville. "But, in terms of being free to go for a coffee or to the shops, we should embrace it, even though it's never been done before."