Dean Henderson’s uncle wins £12k after backing him at 14 to play for England
Dean Henderson during during a match between England and Republic of Ireland (Image: POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
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England goalkeeper Dean Henderson’s first England cap has netted his uncle £12,500.
When the Manchester United star was 14, Martin Plunkett bet he would one day play for the Three Lions.
And the £25 wager he put on at 500/1 with William Hill came good when Dean made his national team debut against Ireland recently.
The keeper’s mum and granny also won £2,500 each.
Martin said: “I haven’t spoken to Dean about the bet but he did text after the game last Thursday to tell his mother, ‘Have we all got the money?’
Dean Henderson as a young footballer with Carlisle United
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"Obviously we haven’t been paid out yet. We say we’re waiting for it. He’s chuffed to bits.
"We told him we got confirmation from William Hill that the bet was alright so yeah, he was chuffed for us. He’s a good lad. He deserves it.”
Dean, 23, was with Carlisle United when his uncle placed the bet. His mum and gran also bet £50 each, but the odds had been slashed to 50/1 after he signed for the Red Devils.
Martin, from Grimsby, said he always knew his nephew was destined for the highest tier of English football.
He said: “Anyone you ever spoke to who knew about him would tell you he’ll go to the top.
“So obviously you have a little bet don’t you? To be fair, it was only William Hill that would take the bet.”