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Marcus Rashford has reacted to Education Secretary Gavin Williamson mistaking him for England and Lions' star Maro Itoje.
The 23 year old took to Twitter to voice his opinion on Williamson's blunder, which was revealed in a recent interview with The Evening Standard.
Accent could have been a giveaway https://t.co/CO2oQjiZZ6- Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) September 8, 2021
"Accent could have been a giveaway," Rashford quipped, a reference to Itoje's upbringing and education at Harrow School. Rashford concluded the tweet with a laughing emoji.
The tweet drew a number of responses, amassing over 1,500 retweets, over 16,000 likes and even a reply from broadcaster Piers Morgan.
In the interview, Williamson was asked whether he had met Rashford, who campaigned tirelessly last winter to get the Government to provide free school meals to children during the Christmas holidays.
"We met over Zoom," Williamson answered. "He seemed incredibly engaged, compassionate and charming but then he had to shoot off. I didn't want to be the one that was holding him back from his training."
However, Williamson's team told Susannah Butter, who conducted the interview, that the MP had actually met Itoje, who launched a Digital Divide campaign in January to give more children access to laptops and tablets while learning from home.
Rashford's spokesperson confirmed that there had no contact between the England international and Williamson over the last year.
"This is appalling," tweeted David Lammy, MP for Tottenham. "What was it about Maro Itoje that made you mistake him for Marcus Rashford?"
"This is a shocking and embarrassing admission," said Liberal Democrat MP Daisy Cooper. "If rumours of an imminent reshuffle are true, this must surely be the final nail in the coffin for Gavin Williamson holding ministerial office again."
"Surely not," commented Gary Lineker.
This is not the first time a politician has had a howler when talking about Marcus Rashford. Last June, former Health Secretary Matt Hancock called the Manchester United forward 'Daniel' in an interview with Kay Burley on Sky News.
Rashford responded once again in a funny matter, replying to the video with 'I've been called much worse!'
Rashford has received universal acclaim for his involvement in campaigns tackling child hunger, homelessness and racism. He was awarded an MBE in The Queen's Birthday Honours of 2020, as well as the City of Manchester Award for 'outstanding and exceptional contribution to the city.'
Featured Image Credit: Marcus Rashford/Instagram, GMB & PA Images
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