Ella Toone has described her grandmother as her ‘biggest fan’ as she revealed the faith she has always had in her.
The Lioness was part of the team that famously brought glory to England in the Women’s Euros 2022, helping to inspire a whole new generation of footballers – and seeing a party atmosphere in the country for days afterwards.
While Ella is now regarded as a hero amongst footie fans across England, it’s her grandmother who was her first supporter, and even bet money her granddaughter would excel in the future.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain on Thursday, Ella explained her gran had put a bet on when she was just six years old that she would grow up to play for England.
She told hosts Ben Shephard and Katee Garraway: ‘My nan’s always been my biggest fan.
‘She put a bet on when I was really little that one day I’d play for England so she always believed in me from the start,’ she said, adding that she was ‘about six.’
Ben and Kate couldn’t believe it, with Kate audibly gasping when Ella made the comment.
Ella’s gran always believed her granddaughter would grow up to play for England (Picture: ITV)
She went on to score a goal in the Lioness’ win over Germany in the Women’s Euro final (Picture: Getty Images)
And if that wasn’t enough, she revealed her gran shared the winnings with her grandchildren (Picture: ITV)
Asked if her gran had collected her winnings, she said: ‘Yeah, she collected it – of course she did!’
And upon collecting what must have been a ‘pretty hefty win,’ Ella revealed she ‘shared it with me, my brother and my cousin.’
Ella, along with teammates including captain Leah Williamson and I’m A Celebrity winner Jill Scott, brought joy to the country last year with a 2-1 final victory over Germany in Wembley.
The forward even scored a goal in the nailbiting match, with Chloe Kelly getting in the second.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV
Got a story?
If you’ve got a celebrity story, video or pictures get in touch with the Metro.co.uk entertainment team by emailing us firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 020 3615 2145 or by visiting our Submit Stuff page – we’d love to hear from you.
MORE : England’s Lionesses and manager Sarina Wiegman honoured at The Best FIFA Awards
MORE : Lionesses boss Sarina Wiegman amped that she doesn’t know her World Cup starting line up yet