Marcus Rashford: Frank Lampard, Jurgen Klopp praise Man United striker for campaign against child poverty

Lampard: “It’s been great to see young players with personality, with a voice, speaking up for things that they care passionately about”; watch Manchester United vs Chelsea on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Premier League from 5pm; kick-off at 5:30pm

Frank Lampard has praised Marcus Rashford’s “fantastic” campaign against child poverty, while Jurgen Klopp says it is “absolutely incredible” what the Manchester United striker has achieved.

Rashford has been urging the Government to continue their free school meals programme over the upcoming school holidays, having already successfully forced them to extend the scheme over the summer.

The 22-year-old’s campaign was put forward for a vote in Parliament by Labour, but it was rejected. However, an ever-growing number of councils and businesses are committing themselves to Rashford’s proposals.

Lampard has been watching Rashford’s work from afar and, ahead of Chelsea’s trip to United on Saturday – live on Sky Sports Premier League – he said: “It’s been great to see young players with personality, with a voice, speaking up for things that they care passionately about. I absolutely commend him for that.

“There are a group of players now in the Premier League – doesn’t matter what age or what team you play for – that are speaking out in the right way. It’s been fantastic and he deserves credit for it.”

Jurgen Klopp also expressed his admiration for Rashford but joked it was “tricky” for him to praise the striker because of the rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester United.

“I am not sure I can find any better words than much smarter people have said but what Marcus has started there is absolutely incredible, it is so nice,” said Klopp.

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