Last Tuesday evening, England played a friendly game against Italy. A normal match for most football fans, but not for Trevor Burlingham. Lewis Cook's grandfather had great interests in this game, as his grandson could make his debut for England's national team. This happened, making Burlingham just 17,000 pounds richer.
In 2014, Cook played for Leeds United, so his talent does not go unnoticed there. His proud grandfather decides to visit the William Hill betting office in Tadcaster that same year. Burlingham wants to bet an amount of five hundred pounds. Although the employees of the betting office look up strangely, they agree with the bet.
Burlingham placed his money on the following bet: "Lewis Cook makes his debut for England for his 26th year of life." William Hill gave a score of 33/1 for this, or a payment of 34 pounds per pound bet. His 500 pounds could therefore change to 17,000 pounds in one fell swoop.
The talented midfielder grows into a complete Leeds United player in the seasons that follow. This gives him a wonderful transfer in 2016 to AFC Bournemouth, where the player soon also belongs to the starting line-up. In the Premier League the player stands out, also with national coach Gareth Southgate. He gets Cook for the first time in the national selection, but the player does not get playing time against the Brazilian team.
Cook was allowed to resit last week and was called up again, this time for the practice matches against the Netherlands and Italy. In the game against Orange won with 0-1, the midfielder does not get any playing minutes again. But at Wembley, the moment has arrived and Lewis Cook can replace Jesse Lingard in the 70th minute.
Although the young player will not come along in the short summary, his grandfather will not care. Thanks to his debut, Burlingham's bet is correct four years later and he wins £ 17,000.