THERE were no wags but plenty of wagging tales, as pet pooches took part in a four-legged version of the World Cup.
Following the football tournament kicking off in Brazil on Thursday, this group of canines enjoyed a kick-about in Wearside.
The 13 furry footballers are all members of a doggy day camp – where they are looked after while their devoted owners are at work.
Staff at Mypetstop Washington, in Follingsby Lane, kitted the dogs out in some of the flags of the 32 teams in the 2014 World Cup. Looking slightly forlorn in his England flag, Albert the four-year-old Bichon Frise took a break from the kick-about to catch his breath.
Owner Nicola Fisher, from Seaburn, said: “He supports Sunderland and has enough drama supporting them to be bothered about the World Cup.”
Centre manger Mark Brown might also be in the dog house, as he predicts England will not go on to lift the trophy in 2014 – especially after a defeat to Italy in their opening game on Saturday.
He said: “I bought the flags and we dressed them all up and everyone really enjoyed it.
“Nobody won today, but I think Argentina are going to win the World Cup and England will go through to the quarter finals.”