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Lewis Cook's Grandfather Just Won £17,000 For 20 Minutes Of Football

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Lewis Cook's Grandfather Just Won £17,000 For 20 Minutes Of Football

For most people making your England debut would be enough, add having at Wembley and in a World Cup year with the chance of a place on the plane to Russia and you've got the perfect day. Then you go and win your granddad £17k!

Lewis Cook's grandfather, Trevor Burlingham, placed a £500 wager that his grandson would win a senior England cap before his 26th birthday just as he was breaking into the Leeds United first team as an 18 year old back in 2014.

When offered 33/1, Trevor staked £500 on that outcome in his local William Hill shop in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire.

"Lewis has obviously already had one call up but didn't win a cap and it now looks like a case of when, not if his grandfather is repaid for the faith he showed in his grandson," said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly after the Bournemouth midfielder's call up. "He has been in fine form this season and is well deserving of a call up, so let's hope he can go one better and bag a cap in the next few days."

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Cook makes his debut. Image: PA Images
Cook makes his debut. Image: PA Images

Cook will hope he doesn't add his name to this team of England players you'd forgotten about:

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Cook didn't manage to get on the pitch for England's first friendly in this international period as Gareth Southgate's side beat Netherlands 1-0 in Amsterdam courtesy of Jesse Lingard's goal.

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The 21 year old though did manage to get on the pitch on Tuesday night. With 20 minutes left of England's game at the home of football against Italy the midfielder made his debut, coming on for Lingard.

It's not the first time that the former Leeds United player has made history. He was captain of the England under 20 team that won their World Cup last summer. Becoming only the first Englishman to lift the World Cup since 1966 after their 1-0 win over Colombia in the final.

Cook and manager Paul Simpson with the trophy. Image: PA Images
Cook and manager Paul Simpson with the trophy. Image: PA Images

It's not the first time that someone has won big after backing a relative to hit the footballing heights:

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-Eddie Kirkland scooping £10,000 on his son Chris winning an England cap with a bet of £100 at 100/1, placed when Chris was 12 years old.

-Peter Edwards winning £125,000 when his grandson Harry Wilson made his Wales debut in 2013 at the age of just 16/ Peter had wagered £50 at 2,500/1 that his son would play for Wales when he was just 18 months old.

-The father of Ryan Tunnicliffe, currently at Millwall, placed a £100 bet at 100/1 that his then, nine-year-old son, would make a first team appearance for Manchester United, which he did in 2012. His father won £10,000.

Topics: Football News, News, Football, England, bournemouth

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