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Marcus Rashford MBE
Marcus Rashford MBE is a British professional footballer who plays for Manchester United and England. A Manchester United player from the age of seven, Rashford scored two goals on both his first-team debut 2016 and his Premier League debut three days later, and scored on his England debut in May 2016, becoming the youngest English player to score in his first senior international match. He played at the UEFA Euro 2016 as the tournament's youngest player, and also represented England at both the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the UEFA Euro 2020.
Having experienced racism and poverty while growing up in Manchester, Rashford recently began campaigning against racism, homelessness, and child hunger in the United Kingdom and has been praised for using his platform to drive societal change.
In October 2019, Rashford set up the In the Box campaign with Selfridges to give homeless people essential items over the Christmas period. In March 2020, during the UK lockdown, Rashford teamed up with the poverty and food waste charity FareShare to deliver meals to those in the Greater Manchester area who were no longer receiving their free school meals. With an initial target of supporting 400,000 children in the region, the initiative quickly raised over £20 million to provide four million meals to children all over the country.
On 15 June, Rashford wrote an open letter to the UK government calling on them to end UK child poverty. A day later, the government announced a change in policy regarding the extension of free school meals for children during the summer holidays, with Rashford's campaign credited as a major turning point in governmental talks.
After he was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in October 2021, Rashford vowed to continue his campaign.
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