Company left with 18,000 England ‘World Cup winner’ T-shirts after gamble backfired | UK News

A businessman left behind 18,000 useless T-shirts that falsely predicted England would be World Cup winners.

Football fan Karl Baxter was so convinced the Three Lions would win the title from Qatar that he printed the jersey ahead of the quarter-finals.

“England, 2022 Cup winners, finally home” and “Day of Homecoming” are scattered across the back of the jersey.

But the gamble didn’t pay off, with Gareth Southgate’s side losing 2-1 to France in Saturday’s quarter-final after Harry Kane missed an equaliser Chance.

“We had a lot of blank shirts that we bought a few years ago and we didn’t do much with them, so I decided to take a gamble on the England wave and print some kits hoping for success,” Mr Baxter, 46, told Sky News.

“Besides the shirts we have, as an England fan, I’m very disappointed that we’ve gone out the way we did,” said the general manager of Poole-based Wholesale Clearance UK.

England's Harry Kane looked dejected after their FIFA World Cup quarter-final match at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar. Image date: Saturday, December 10, 2022.
England captain Harry Kane misses penalty against France

“Wear it with pride…or clean your windows”

In a message to customers on the website, Mr Baxter wrote: “We have reduced the price of these unique items as we are sure not to be able to buy more.

“So wear it with pride, add it to your collection, use it to clean windows… we don’t know.”

The father-of-three added that while the shirts didn’t cost too much to make and he had already sold a few of them, “there’s a few more to get rid of”.

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“If they are the England Cup winners’ shirts, we can always try to sell them, not just as a trophy that never came… but as a celebration of the only true England Cup winner in 2022, our wonderful England women’s shirt. team,” he said.

Asked if he had a message for England fans, Mr Baxter simply replied: “There’s always the euro.”

The shirts were originally set to retail for £29.99, but are now on sale for £9.99.

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