Former U.S. President Barack Obama has praised England forward Marcus Rashford for his work tackling child food poverty and the two discussed by video call how young people can make an impact on society.
Last year, Rashford led a campaign to end child food poverty and successfully lobbied the British government to continue providing free school meals during the holidays.
The 23-year-old was awarded an MBE for services to vulnerable children during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Marcus, I think, it way ahead of where I was when I was 23,” Obama said in a Zoom call organized by publishers Penguin.
The two also spoke about the value of reading books as part of a longer discussion between the two, hosted on Penguin’s YouTube channel.
The Manchester United forward said it was “surreal” talking to the former U.S. President.
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