Marcus Rashford speaks on charity aid, lockdown work and looks at England milestones

Friday 24 Apr 2020
Marcus Rashford has spoken about what he's been up to during the COVID-19 lockdown

Marcus Rashford took some time out during his COVID-19 lockdown this week to look back at some of the key moments of his England career so far.

The Manchester United and Three Lions striker has been more than productive during his time at home, recently helping to raise over £20m in financial and food donations for food waste and hunger charity FareShare to ensure children across the UK don’t go hungry while away from school.

He launched an appeal through his own social media channels in March for food companies to distribute their surplus supplies via the charity, as well as urging his own followers to make donations following a significant personal donation to kick start to the campaign.

And this appeal has supported FareShare in raising £20m in financial and food donations, with the 22 year old Mancunian partnering with them just before the lockdown began.

 

"I'm involved with FareShare, which is an organisation that enables children who aren't getting free school meals to get meals every day and since we started that off, it's had a really good impact.

"We've raised over £20m and reached 1,280,000 kids so it's had a positive impact.”

Rashford also revealed he’s been working hard on both body and mind during the lockdown to make sure he’s ready for a return to action, whenever that might be.

"I'm good,” he revealed.

“I’ve been keeping myself ticking over in the gym, reading some books and keeping my mind activated.”

 

During his lookback, Rashford also fondly recalled the first time he played for Gareth Southgate, in his first and only appearance for England U21s.

It was back in September 2016, when Rashford was named in Southgate’s squad for an U21 EURO Qualifier with Norway in Colchester.

And he made it an appearance to remember with a hat-trick during a 6-1 win in what turned out to be Southgate, and Rashford’s, final game with the Young Lions.

"It was a bizarre situation, but nevertheless I threw myself into it and tried to do as well as I could,” he recalled.

"We didn't know that at the time [it would be their last U21 game], but Gareth was a great coach and we really enjoyed those ten days together.

"Things just happened the way they happened and before we knew it, he was manager of the senior team and from there really, I think we've all grown and developed a lot more.

"That's credit to Gareth and his staff because we have a young team and to play in some of the games we've played in is terrific really.

"We've got to try and take the next step now and see if we can do something really special.”

Watch the full video with Marcus in the media player above, when he recalls moments such as his first call-up, first goal and much more.

By Nicholas Veevers