Gary Lineker slams Government for forcing Marcus Rashford into emotional letter

Gary Lineker has applauded Marcus Rashford for his open letter to the Government but says: "A young footballer shouldn't have to be imploring them to do this".

Rashford on Monday morning pleaded with MPs to reconsider their decision not to extend the current food voucher scheme in an open letter "written from the heart".

The 22-year-old Manchester United and England striker urged the authorities to make a U-turn and allow vulnerable children who have been getting free meals during the coronavirus lockdown to continue receiving them in the summer holidays.

And Lineker was among the familiar faces to praise Rashford's role in putting pressure on Boris Johnson and Co, though he feels it shouldn't have come to this.

He wrote on Twitter : "A young footballer shouldn’t have to be imploring our government to do this, but it’s great that he is. What a fine young man."

Rashford, who has raised £20million to boost food distribution with the charity FareShare, has admitted to using food banks and receiving free meals as a child.

He wants to help the families that need it the most, knowing how it felt to go hungry.

"It's written from the heart and it's about how my life was at the moment – the letter is to open up and let people understand the impact on families and to know I've done the right thing," he told BBC Breakfast.

"What families are going through now, I've once had to go through that – and it's very difficult to find a way out. It's very important for me to help people who are struggling. Whether the outcome changes or doesn't change – that's why I wrote it.

"In the past I have done a lot of work to do with children. When I heard about the schools shutting down that obviously means free meals for some kids that they are not getting at schools.

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"I remember when I was in school I was on free meals and my mum wouldn't get home until 6 o'clock, so my next meal would have been about 8 o'clock.

"I was fortunate, there are kids in much more difficult situations that don't get that meal at home.

"When I heard the schools were closing I wanted to make a positive influence and make sure the kids are getting the meals they need."

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