An English company in Dorset faces a ‘major loss’ after it made a decision to snap up 18,000 T-shirts bearing the message “England, World Cup winners 2022”.
England bid adieu to competition inQatar on Saturday, suffering a 2-1 defeat to the holders France in the World Cup quarter-finals.
The less than enterprising owners Karl Baxter thought he had pulled a fast one by snapping up thousands of T-shirts in anticipation of Gareth Southgate’s 3 Lions landing the trophy.
Wholesale Clearance UK, had intended to sell the shirts, carrying the message: “England, World Cup winners 2022….finally home.” for £29.99 each.
“I’m absolutely gutted that England has been knocked out of the World Cup,” Mr Baxter said in a press release.
“I have been really impressed with England’s performance in Qatar and was sure they would win this year’s tournament. When approached by a supplier to sell the shirts, I simply couldn’t say, ‘No.’
“But now I’ve been left with 18,000 shirts that say they’ve won, and I’m not sure what to do.
“I’d like to appeal to England fans to purchase one of the shirts, to keep it as a piece of history and a reminder of how well our team played throughout the tournament.
Mr Baxter’s World Cup T-shirts are on sale at a discounted price after England’s exit on Saturday night following Harry Kane’s critical penalty miss.