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Footballer baby names may double 'with World Cup win'

There could be a surge in children named after football players if the English team manage to win the World Cup, according to a new study.

Would you name your son after Wayne Rooney if he scored the winning goal? Credit: PA

Family history website Ancestry.co.uk found twice as many children could be named after Wayne Rooney or Stephen Gerrard.

It comes after a rise in popularity for the name Robert after England last won the World Cup in 1966.

There were an extra 8,500 Roberts born in 1966 - many named after Sir Bobby Charlton - and many more Alans and Rogers.

Ancestry.co.uk marketing manager Russell James said: "England's Lions really can make a name for themselves this summer."