An England supporter won £360 on a bet he placed before the Three Lions’ clash against Germany after being inspired by his unborn son’s gesture in a recent ultrasound scan picture.
Johnny Howell, a 30-year-old gas engineer from Great Yarmouth, was jokingly told by a sonographer that his son’s decision to hold up two fingers in the scan was a peace sign.
But it soon ‘dawned’ on him that the kid may have been predicting England’s round of 16 game, so he placed a £30 bet on Gareth Southgate’s side to win 2-0 at 12-1.
Goals from Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane at Wembley on Tuesday night meant that England secured a place in the quarter-final stages of the competition – and Johnny was £330 richer.
“It is just incredible that my boy came up with the right result,” Howell told The Sun.
“It’s a shame that he didn’t put up four fingers and a thumb to predict five goals.”
Johnny’s girlfriend, Alice, couldn’t believe what she was seeing. She said: “The second goal came and I thought, ‘Are you joking?’ ”
The pair will spend the winnings on baby equipment as they prepare for life with a new family member.
England will come up against Ukraine on Saturday afternoon and will come into the tie as favourites, although manager Andriy Shevchenko is relishing the opportunity to face Gareth Southgate’s side.