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A football fanatic got ‘Euro 2020 England winners’ tattooed on his leg four days before the final.
Lewis Holden 26, is so sure the Three Lions will lift the trophy he had the bold declaration permanently inked on his skin on Thursday.
The tattoo also says ‘It’s Coming Home’ in huge letters on his right leg, along with a picture of a trophy.
Lewis Holden 26, is so sure the Three Lions will lift the trophy he had the bold declaration permanently inked on his skin
After the initial shock, his girlfriend Chloe Lynch, now sees the funny side of the tattoo
The father-of-two, from Oldham, Greater Manchester, made a pact with a pal that they would both get England tattoos if Gareth Southgate’s side won the tournament.
But after having a few beers during the semi-final on Wednesday, he started to send messages to local tattoo parlours on Facebook asking if they could fit him in.
When one replied saying they would take him up on the offer, he shot round after work on Thursday and got the tattoo done.
Lewis, a utilities operative, said: ‘Me and my mate have been watching all the England tournaments together since we were old enough, but the last few weeks he has had Covid so we haven’t been able to watch together.
‘He said we should get a matching tattoo if England win the tournament, but I’d had a few beers after they beat Denmark, so I started messaging tattoo shops around midnight.
‘One replied to me the next day saying ‘are you still up for that tattoo’.
‘I’d actually forgotten about it, but he said he could fit me in that afternoon so I went there after work.’
Manchester United fan Lewis insisted he wouldn’t have it covered up or removed even if England lose.
He added: ‘I told my girlfriend I was getting it and she said ‘don’t be stupid, you’ll look a kn*bhead if they lose’.
‘But I was adamant I was going to get it and she even came with me to watch.
‘There’s no way I’m getting it covered up or removed, no way. It is staying there forever.
Lewis Holden with children Hallie (3) and Joey (1). The father-of-two, from Oldham, Greater Manchester, made a pact with a pal that they would both get England tattoos if Gareth Southgate’s side won the tournament
‘On Monday, everybody will be queuing up for this tattoo.
‘Some people have said I’ve jinxed it – that’s rubbish.
‘It’s great to have a bit of positivity and just have a laugh.
‘If England lose on penalties, Gareth Southgate isn’t going to come out and say ‘yeah we lost because that lad from Oldham has had a tattoo’.’
After the initial shock, his girlfriend Chloe Lynch, now sees the funny side of the tattoo – and has even promised to give him a haircut in honour of Man City star Phil Foden.
Chloe, 24, said: ‘I’m not shocked to be honest, I wouldn’t expect it from anybody else, it sums Lewis up in one tattoo.
‘I’m a hairdresser so he will definitely be getting a Phil Foden haircut if England win.’
Source: Daily Mail