‘I’m from that area … I give him my hat’: Troy Deeney greets Manchester United star Marcus Rashford for campaign work to provide kids with free school meals … and thinks for himself about his time on the same schedule
- Marcus Rashford continues to campaign to ensure that vulnerable children are fed
- The Manchester United forward has been praised by Troy Deeney for his work
- During talkSPORT, Deeney reflected on how free school meals helped him
- The government recently voted against a motion by Labor to increase support
Troy Deeney has praised Marcus Rashford’s campaign work over free school meals and reflected on his own reliance on the same plan.
The 32-year-old Watford captain has previously contributed to Rashford’s efforts to ensure that vulnerable children in the UK cannot live without them during the holiday season and doubled his support on Monday morning.
Rashford has stepped up his efforts in recent days after the government controversially voted against a motion from Labor to expand the school dinner initiative.
Troy Deeney praised Marcus Rashford’s campaign work to ensure vulnerable children are fed
Manchester United forward Rashford is leading efforts to expand the school meal plan
And speaking on talkSPORT’s breakfast show, Deeney has revealed how invaluable receiving the extra support during his time in education has helped his family.
“I’m from that area,” he said. “Free school meals were an important part of what helped me, my brothers and my sisters through school to the age when you start taking care of yourself.
‘For me it was about thirteen or fourteen years old, but I certainly had to count on help. And you do, we all need help in one way or another.
Deeney has reflected on how the same plan helped his family during his school days
Rashford works closely with FareShare, a UK charity network dedicated to alleviating food poverty
‘I think, more importantly, when you look at the new generation of footballers coming through now … I’ll be highlighting (Raheem) Sterling and Rashford, but there are so many more now.
So many people tainted footballers, and to some extent still do, with ‘they’re selfish, they’re stupid, they’re overpaid.’
‘It’s finally nice to see people go,’ actually look at the person behind that footballer. ‘We are all human and we all have emotions. We all make mistakes. ‘
The government’s decision to vote against extending free school meals was met by staunch opposition from Rashford, who pledged to continue advocating for change.
The government could be forced to make another shift in pressure to increase aid
The 22-year-old has gained the support of celebrities and politicians, retweeting messages over the weekend from companies pledging their own resources.
Manchester City striker Sterling, meanwhile, plans to set up a foundation that also aims to help disadvantaged young people. The fund can even exceed £ 10 million.
Rashford’s campaign can compel the government in a second turn about the decision.
His pressure resulted in the scheme being extended over the summer holidays, despite the original demand that the initiative should not be continued outside school hours.
Deeney has also praised Rashford for his performance on the field despite his selfless work afterward
Deeney believes the position of the authorities will change again in the near future, as well as rave reviews for Rashford’s recent performance on the field after another impressive week.
He added: “If you look at the way this is all going now, I think Marcus has pushed the envelope so far that the government will have to do something.
‘And I think that’s the most powerful thing you can see these days. Tracking your social media, your presence, and your actions can now actually dictate what the government should do.
I tip my hat on him. He’s 22. And more importantly, because I remember when it was like (David) Beckham, people said his eyes weren’t on the ball. He still delivers. ‘
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