Grandfather's bet on future international pays off

Harry Wilson shakes hands with Craig Bellamy after the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifying Group A match between Belgium and Wales. Photo / Getty Images
Harry Wilson shakes hands with Craig Bellamy after the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifying Group A match between Belgium and Wales. Photo / Getty Images

Welsh teenager Harry Wilson has become the youngest player ever to play for his country - earning his grandfather a small fortune in the process.

Liverpool winger Wilson broke a record previously held by Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale when he played in yesterday's 1-1 draw away to Belgium at the age of 16 years and 207 days.

It was a cause for double celebration for his grandfather, Pete Edwards, who had placed a 50 pound bet that Wilson would one day play for Wales at odds of 2,500/1 in 2000, when his grandson was only two years old.

Wilson's appearance as an 87th-minute substitute in the World Cup qualifier at Brussels' King Baudouin Stadium meant that bookmakers William Hill had to cough up 125,000 pounds.

"Mr Edwards has been able to quit his job as a result of his amazing ability to spot fledgling talent earlier than almost anyone else we've ever taken a bet from,'' said a William Hill spokesman.

"Apparently, England have also been interested in Harry, who has a grandmother born in Chester. If (England manager) Roy Hodgson had snapped him up, this bet would have been a loser!''

- AFP

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