Matt Hancock inexplicably calls Marcus Rashford 'Daniel' for u-turn on school meals


Manchester United's Marcus Rashford has cut an inspiring figure with his campaigning this week.

Approximately 1.3 million children across the United Kingdom will be able to acquire free school meal vouchers during the summer holidays across a campaign spearheaded by his efforts.

The 22-year-old took to Twitter after the government committed to a u-turn on the decision by writing: "Look at what we can do when we come together."

It goes to show how a footballer of Rashford's power and influence can use his own experiences from childhood to benefit others and rightfully bring the discussion around poverty to the fore.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed the United striker's campaigning during his Tuesday speech and praised him for his 'contribution to the debate around poverty'.

Rashford's incredible work

Rashford told the BBC about his chat with the PM, saying: "He was just grateful that someone had an opinion and shared it with people. Being that voice for people who didn't really have the platform to speak out as much as they would like to."

Not everybody has been happy with Rashford's work, especially if your name is Katie Hopkins, but the Englishman has rightfully been praised for taking action for those who need it most.

And Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock was sure to address the news during an appearance on Sky News the morning after... but there was on problem.


Daniel Rashford?????

In a similar vein to Louis van Gaal repeatedly calling Chris Smalling 'Mike' during press conferences, Hancock somehow managed to butcher Rashford's name during the live broadcast.

He only needed to have looked at essentially any national newspaper on Wednesday morning to know he was called 'Marcus Rashford', but the moniker 'Daniel Rashford' is what slipped out.

Per The Sun, Hancock remarked: "Righty-ho. Well I’ll tell you what happened, the Prime Minister talked to Daniel Rashford, he considered it and made his decision.

"I think it’s terrific, I’m in favour of making sure we get as much support as possible for people in difficult circumstances. I think that Marcus Rashford has done a great thing in the campaigning he’s done."

Geeeeeez. Well, at least he corrected himself eventually.

It is, of course, an unideal gaffe from the secretary, but pretty harmless nonetheless.

Hancock has criticised professional footballers at times during the coronavirus pandemic, so it's good to see him singling out Rashford for praise when the credit was due.

And with the Premier League aptly returning to action this week, perhaps Rashford can put in a performance against Tottenham Hotspur that ensures everybody will know his name off by heart.

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