Martin Keown has paid tribute to Marcus Rashford’s household for preserving the Manchester United striker grounded as he continues his lengthy marketing campaign to finish youngster meals poverty
England worldwide Rashford has seen his profile raised on and off the sector throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, with the 23-year-old awarded an MBE throughout October within the delayed Queen’s Birthday Honours checklist.
Rashford efficiently lobbied the federal government right into a U-turn over its free faculty meals coverage in England throughout the first coronavirus lockdown, making certain youngsters in want would obtain meals over the summer time.
The United ahead has once more led the way in which in January when tackling the problems over poor-quality meals parcels which have been despatched out to households, revealing on Twitter he had spoken to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and been assured ‘a full overview of the provision chain’ is underneath approach.
On Thursday, Rashford was honoured with the Soccer Writers’ Affiliation 2021 Tribute Award in recognition of his excellent marketing campaign, which the FWA stated “goes even wider than merely a soccer context”.
And talking to talkSPORT, Arsenal legend Keown has praised his household for shaping Rashford into the philanthropic particular person he has become.
“I met his dad and mom and his mom significantly, Melanie.” Keown stated. “I wish to give her a particular message because it comes from the household.
“He’s bought two very robust minded brothers round him – Dwayne and Dan – and I believe they performed a serious half on this as properly in placing him on the correct path.
“They’re very privileged footballers and it hasn’t modified him.
“He is aware of as he got here via this himself. He had these free faculty meals himself and he’s placing loads again regardless of the very fact of what he’s bought – the privilege he now has himself.
“He’s trying over his shoulder saying: ‘No I wish to assist and make a distinction.’
“I do really feel it’s improbable for the soccer rights to honour him differently partially soccer, and partially the way in which he leads his life for example to all people else.”
Regardless of having achieved a lot already, Rashford maintains there’s nonetheless extra work to be performed.
“We’re firstly of what I see as an extended journey,” Rashford stated in an interview on www.footballwriters.co.uk.
“I’m undoubtedly not on the stage of reduction but, I really feel that there’s a lot extra which must be performed and much more steps which have to be taken ahead.
“On the optimistic facet we now have began to take just a few steps in the correct course, however for me now simply because we now have performed that (it) isn’t about simply sitting again now and being pleased with what we now have performed.
“It’s about what’s subsequent within the chapter of those youngsters’s lives.”