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Father-to-be desperate to attend Euros final despite imminent arrival of his overdue baby

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Football fan whose pregnant fiancée is two days overdue insists he STILL plans to go to Wembley for the final even if she hasn’t given birth by then

  • Stephen Thornton, 32, from Birmingham, is determined to attend the Euros final
  • Football fanatic travelled to Wembley to watch the semi-final on baby’s due date 
  • England fan is encouraging partner Sarah try age old tricks to induce labour 

A father-to-be is desperate to attend the Euros final this Sunday despite the imminent arrival of his overdue baby.  

Stephen Thornton, 32, from Birmingham, is determined to attend the England vs Italy Euros match at Wembley Stadium this week, despite the child’s due date having passed four days before the final. 

Football fanatic Stephen is encouraging partner Sarah, 33, to try every trick in the book – offering her pineapple, spicy food and Raspberry tea – in a bid to induce labour before Sunday. 

And it’s not the first time Stephen has risked missing the birth of his child to watch the football, having travelled to Wembley to watch the semi-final on his baby’s due date earlier this week.

Stephen Thornton, 32, from Birmingham, is determined to attend the England vs Italy Euros match at Wembley Stadium this week, despite the child's due date having passed four days before the final. He is pictured with pregnant partner Sarah, 33

Stephen Thornton, 32, from Birmingham, is determined to attend the England vs Italy Euros match at Wembley Stadium this week, despite the child’s due date having passed four days before the final. He is pictured with pregnant partner Sarah, 33

‘It was poor planning by us both nine months ago but now Sarah needs to get a move on and get this baby out before Sunday’, joked Stephen. 

‘I gave up my ticket to the match against Germany to go with Sarah for an important scan appointment. Now all I’m asking is that the birth doesn’t clash with the final – it’s not much to ask.

‘Obviously I would have to leave the ground if Sarah goes into labour but I have told her she needs to cross her legs for those 90 minutes.’ 

The dad-of-one said his nerves were ‘all over the place’ as he lost phone signal in the ground as England won against Denmark on Wednesday and he had ‘no clue’ if fiancée Sarah had gone into labour.

Football fanatic Stephen is encouraging partner Sarah, 33, to try every trick in the book - offering her pineapple, spicy food and Raspberry tea - in a bid to induce labour before Sunday

Football fanatic Stephen is encouraging partner Sarah, 33, to try every trick in the book – offering her pineapple, spicy food and Raspberry tea – in a bid to induce labour before Sunday

He said: ‘It was nerve wrecking, I don’t know if I was more nervous for Harry’s penalty or if my phone was about to ring.’

Thankfully the couple’s second child didn’t arrive that night but now the head chef is faced with the same dilemma for Sunday’s historic match. 

The engaged couple from Kings Heath, Birmingham, have been together for 10 years and have a five-year-old daughter called Isabelle – who was born early.

Sarah won’t be watching the match on Sunday and will have her mum on standby as her birthing partner.

Stephen’s very understanding partner said: ‘I will be trying to relax and catching up on Love Island, unless of course I have a new born to look after.’

Stephen risked missing the birth of his child when he travelled to Wembley to watch the semi-final on his baby's due date earlier this week. Pictured, England captain Harry Kane during the Euros semi-final

Stephen risked missing the birth of his child when he travelled to Wembley to watch the semi-final on his baby’s due date earlier this week. Pictured, England captain Harry Kane during the Euros semi-final

Stephen added: ‘It’s just a waiting game now. I don’t want the worry of going to Wembley if baby isn’t here yet and I know Sarah is fed up now.

‘I will drive down as late as I can leave it but I will be leaving by 3pm – unless baby starts to make an appearance before then.’

The couple don’t know the sex of their baby but the Aston Villa fan is keen to name him or her after an England player.

He said: ‘As a Villa fan, I think Jack is a great name for a baby born this weekend, but I would be happy with Harry or Gareth.

‘If baby is a girl, I think Caroline is perfect but Sarah isn’t having it.

‘This could be the best weekend of my life – our baby arriving happy and healthy – before the game – and then we win on Sunday.’



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