England debut for Lewis Cook wins grandfather £17,000 after bet
Lewis Cook made his family proud on Tuesday by making his appearance for England's senior team. He made his grandfather a lot richer, too.
The Bournemouth midfielder made his senior international debut in England's 1-1 draw against Italy, netting Trevor Burlingham £17,000 after he placed a £500 bet in 2014 on his grandson winning a senior Three Lions cap before turning 26.
At the time of the bet, Cook was struggling to break into the first team at Leeds United, even though he had represented England beginning at the under-16 level.
He moved to Bournemouth in July 2016 and was part of the England squad that won the Under-20 World Cup last June, then was drafted into the senior squad for the first time last November.
⚡️ "Lewis Cook's grandfather the winner in England's 1-1 draw with Italy"https://t.co/1yuvhzx0qw— William Hill Betting (@WilliamHill) March 27, 2018
Cook did not make an appearance then, but won his first senior cap on Tuesday by coming on as a substitute for Jesse Lingard in the 71st minute of the final friendly before Gareth Southgate names his provisional World Cup squad.
That bet, at 33-1 with William Hill, earned Burlingham a good figure -- but it's nothing compared to the £125,000 won by Peter Edwards after grandson Harry Wilson made his Wales debut in 2013.
Information from Press Association Sport was used in this report.