England vs Belgium: Marcus Rashford to wear boots with messages from children he's helped

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Marcus Rashford, MBE. 

So much more than just a footballer, Rashford has become a national treasure in recent months. 

The 22-year-old forced Prime Minister Boris Johnson to u-turn on the decision not to extend free school meal vouchers for low income families during the summer holidays. 

The Manchester United forward's social conscience is even more impressive than his career on the pitch so far, and it's his campaign against food poverty that has earned him a place on the Queen's Birthday Honours list.  

Inspired by his own boyhood struggles growing up in Wythenshawe, Rashford has been fighting to ensure that no child goes hungry.

It is incredible that in the year 2020 that mantle has fallen to a young footballer, but it is testament to the fact the England international has never lost touch with his roots. 

According to the Felix Project, one in three children British children live in poverty, with 2.5 million of them in 'food insecure' households. 

So it's no exaggeration to say that Rashford has, virtually single-handedly, helped millions of young people. 

As well as earning official recognition from the highest office in the country, his work will also be thanked during England's UEFA Nations League game against Belgium.

His boots will bear messages from the children he has helped and the tagline 'I am the future of _____'. 

Children have added their dreams and aspirations. 

A quote from Muhammad Ali, “recognise how every moment of our journey is an important part of the growth of our soul", will be written on the laces. 

“I wanted to carry their voice with me, standing in Wembley with their messages written across my boots. Children need to be believe they can be anything they want to be regardless of system failings”, Rashford said, per Henry Winter. 

As well as donning the boots at Wembley, he will wear them for the rest of the month and will donate pairs to charities such as FareShare and the Trussell Trust who also work to end food poverty. 

Take a bow, Marcus Rashford. A true inspiration. 

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