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Marcus Rashford - Social media falls over itself to praise striker after he forces Boris u-turn

By James Fenton

June 16, 2020 at 2:39pm

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Marcus Rashford is the toast of social media after the Manchester United striker persuaded the British government to extend its free school meal voucher scheme into the summer.

Over the past few days, you've probably seen the name Marcus Rashford trending more often than you would expect during a period when Premier League football is officially on a hiatus. However, the 22-year-old has been keeping busy by embarking on a one-man crusade to ensure that no child in the UK will be going hungry this summer.

Yesterday, Rashford published an open letter to MPs, writing 'please reconsider your decision to cancel the food voucher scheme over the summer holiday period and guarantee the extension. This is England in 2020, and this is an issue that needs urgent assistance. Please, while the eyes of the nation are on you, make the U-turn and make protecting the lives of some of our most vulnerable a top priority.'

Prime Minister Boris Johnson initially refused to back down but Rashford was not to be outdone, writing a piece which featured in The Times this morning. It has now emerged that the government has agreed to the u-turn and will spend an extra £120m to be spent on extending vouchers through the summer holidays.

Mission accomplished for Rashford and since the news was announced, people have been falling over themselves in praise of the generous striker...

One bookmaker has now made Marcus Rashford favourite to be named Sports Personality of the Year while calls for a knighthood are starting to gather pace. The forward could play for another 20 years but he'd be hard-pushed to achieve a more important victory.
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