‘What he did is a beautiful thing’: Romelu Lukaku praises former Manchester United team-mate Marcus Rashford for his free school meals campaign in the UK
- Romelu Lukaku has praised Marcus Rashford for his free school meals initiative
- Rashford has successfully got the UK Government to fund more school meals
- Lukaku said Rashford done a ‘beautiful thing’ and that he has ‘massive respect’
Rashford has spent much of the year battling with the UK government to get funding for free school meals through the holiday period and lockdowns that have been enforced from the coronavirus pandemic.
Lukaku is just the latest star to lavish praise on Rashford for his charity work and said the England international has done a ‘beautiful thing’ and that he has ‘massive respect’ for his former strike partner at Old Trafford.
Former Man United striker Romelu Lukaku has praised his old team-mate Marcus Rashford
Rashford has spent much of the year battling with the UK government for free school meals
‘What he did is a beautiful thing – it’s something he deserves massive respect from the whole population throughout England,’ Lukaku told ESPN.
‘Because what he did was challenge the government to help them with free school meals in the holidays because he comes from that environment and when you come from that environment you are marked for life.
‘I speak from my own experiences and it’s stuff you don’t want to see other kids to go through that stuff, what he did was a beautiful thing and he deserves massive respect wherever he goes.
‘I expected nothing less from him because he has that awareness of trying to do the right thing for everybody – both on the football side and in general life. He deserves massive respect.’
Rashford’s campaigning has been a huge success for underprivileged families in the UK
Rashford’s campaigning has been a huge success for underprivileged families in the UK.
After having his initial bill turned around, the Manchester United striker’s relentless retaliation forced a u-turn from Prime Minister Boris Johnson that has seen an extra £170 million of funding has been made available for the campaign.
The pair were set to go head to head on Sunday on international duty as Lukaku’s Belgium host England in the Nations League, but Rashford had to withdraw from Gareth Southgate’s squad due to injury.