England rugby star Courtney Lawes has been slammed for his response to Marcus Rashford 's successful campaign to get the government to extend their Free School Voucher scheme during the summer holidays.
The move means around 1.3m schoolchildren will be able to claim meals after the Department for Education had promised to stop the scheme.
In response to the news, the Manchester United star wrote: "I don’t even know what to say. Just look at what we can do when we come together, THIS is England in 2020".
However, England lock Lawes has come under fire after his own response to Rashford.
"Great win mate, youve done a incredible thing for a lot of young people!" Lawes wrote in a now deleted tweet.
"Maybe now would be a good time to bring some attention to the importance of being financially secure and preferably married before having kids?
"This would go a long way to treating a big part of the issue."
Lawes has since responded to a number of tweets criticising his original post.
When one compared him to Katie Hopkins, Lawes said: "Thanks mate! Haha wasn’t aiming to offend anyone. It was clearly just a suggestion that I genuinely thought could help. Looks like I was wrong".
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"This was an issue long before the pandemic and I know circumstances change", Lawes added in another response. "Being married is a good measurement for how committed your relationship is and where you are financially. hence the very very few children growing up in poverty that were born in wedlock."
Rashford later went into more detail about his campaign, writing a statement captioned 'To all MPS'.
"This was never about me or you, this was never about politics, this was a cry out for help from vulnerable parents all over the country and I simply provided a platform for their voices to be heard", he said.
"I stand proud today knowing that we have listened, and we have done what is right.
"There is still a long way to go but I am thankful to you all that we have given these families just one less thing to worry about tonight.
"The wellbeing of our children should ALWAYS be a priority."