March 23, 2018 / 2:53 PM / 10 months ago

Soccer: As Cook's England debut nears, grandad set to cash in

(Reuters) - Lewis Cook’s grandfather will pocket a cool 17,000 pounds ($24,000) if the Bournemouth midfielder earns his first England cap against either the Netherlands or Italy over coming days.

Soccer Football - England Media Day - St. George’s Park, Burton Upon Trent, Britain - March 20, 2018 England's Lewis Cook during the media day Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers

Four years ago, Trevor Burlingham placed a 500-pound wager with UK bookmaker William Hill at odds of 33/1 that his then 18-year-old grandson would play for England before his 26th birthday.

Cook was called up England boss Gareth Southgate for their upcoming friendly internationals, giving Burlingham another shot at cashing in with five years to spare.

The midfielder was included in Southgate’s squad for their friendly against Brazil last November but did not play.

William Hill already seems resigned to making a payout.

“It looks like a case of when, not if his grandfather is repaid for the faith he showed in his grandson,” William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly told British media.

“(Lewis) ... has been in fine form this season let’s hope he can ...bag a cap in the next few days.”

England play the Netherlands on Friday evening and Italy on Tuesday.

Cook, who graduated from the Leeds United academy and captained England’s under-20s to a World Cup win in June, has made 23 Premier League appearances for Bournemouth this season.

($1 = 0.7070 pounds)

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; editing by John Stonestreet

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