Marcus Rashford reacts to Health Secretary Matt Hancock calling him the wrong name in a TV interview
Marcus Rashford has reacted to Health Secretary Matt Hancock calling him Daniel Rashford during a live TV interview.
The Manchester United and England footballer, whose campaign to extend the free school meals scheme over the summer holidays resulted in the government making a U-turn on the matter, called in to Good Morning Britain to talk to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid.
Asked what he thought about Mr Hancock's mistake, Rashford said: "I've been called worse names than that."
Speaking about his successful campaign, he said: "It’s just something, I know a lot of people when I speak out about they probably don’t have the platform to affect a decision like that. But it was something we spoke about as a family and we wanted to change. A lot of people got behind it and people of the general public got behind it and that’s what helped to change the decision too.”
On his own personal experience, Rashford said: "It’s definitely a tough situation to be in but when you are a kid you don’t see it like that, you see the effect on your loved ones around you. It’s not nice to see your mum stressed or unhappy and that was the thing that affected me when I was young and what drove me to try and change that for her and my family. So, I understand the position kids are in and parents particularly too. I just wanted to change it as much as I could. We managed to fix it for a six week period but after that we need to look at ways to keep it in a positive light."
On what needs to be done next, he added: "I think now we need to stay on this topic and after the six weeks are up we need to keep ways of going forward really. I have never really looked at the data as much as I’ve looked at it the last week or week and a half. The numbers are really shocking. That’s what initially drove me but now it’s analysing how this six-week period affects the families in a positive or negative way."
"I don’t see in this generation now, I don’t see the reason why there should be kids who don’t have food on the table. We’ve shown when we do work together we can change things," he continued.
During the interview, he admitted his mum was "buzzing" following the news of the government's U-turn adding that her life would have been different if such help had been offered when he was young.
He explained: "She rang me about ten times yesterday and she just sounds really happy on the phone. I know it’s something that she would have wanted me to do because she knows how much it changes people’s lives. If something like this had happened when we were younger, it would have changed her life massively as well.”
On speaking to the Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday, he added: "He actually rang me. It was a nice conversation. I wanted to have the opportunity to just thank him for understanding and changing his decision. He didn’t have to, so it’s definitely good."
Talking about Raheem Sterling speaking out about how few black and ethnic minorities are higher up in the sport, Rashford commented: "During this generation of football I think you will see a lot of things change because of people like Raheem speaking out. I genuinely believe there will be change and in the future we will see more of the things he’s speaking about."
On wearing BLM on their shirts when football returns in the UK, he said: "It’s something that touches many people’s hearts. I feel like definitely it's time for change and everyone has come together in the right way and they are pushing for that change to happen. It’s time now, it’s what everybody deserves and it’s what the country wants."