Petition launched to get Harry Maguire riding a unicorn on to new £50 note

Harry Maguire

Thousands have backed a petition to get a picture of Harry Maguire riding a unicorn on the new £50 note.

The currency is set for a redesign with a number of historical and famous figures being considered to be the face of it.

And England defender Kyle Walker has now joined the push for international team-mate Maguire to feature on the new design, while riding an inflatable unicorn.

The picture of the Leicester defender riding the inflatable was taken during the World Cup in Russia and proved popular with fans.

"The Bank of England are redesigning the £50 following the successful redesign of the £5, £10, and £20 notes," the petition reads.

"None of these notes so far have featured a World Cup semi finalist floating on a mythical creature, and in the interests of football's attempts to come home, who would be more appropriate to feature than Harry Maguire riding an inflatable unicorn?"

The Manchester City full-back tweeted a doctored image of a £5 note with the message: "Make it happen England! I'll be happy on a fiver. Plus a bigger amount needs a bigger head..."

Can't even make the new fiver!," Maguire responded.

Created by Jonny Sharples, the petition has already gained more than 17,000 signatures.

He told the BBC that he hopes Maguire's representation of "core British values – bravery, strength, and a big head", will persuade the Bank of England to seriously consider his suggestion.

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