Leeds star Patrick Bamford has called for Manchester United rival Marcus Rashford to be knighted.

Rashford has won the hearts of the nation following his tireless campaign to help feed underprivileged children.

The England ace has received widespread acclaim for challenging the Government to continue providing free school meals for youngsters across the UK.

Rashford has raised more than £20m for charities and this week his petition for free school meals to continue reached one million signatures.

Bamford insists Rashford, who was awarded an MBE earlier this month, has become a serious role model for all footballers and reckons the 22-year-old deserves to receive the ultimate honour of a knighthood from the Queen.

Leeds star Patrick Bamford has called for Manchester United rival Marcus Rashford to be knighted after raising more than £20m to help stop child food poverty in the UK

He said: "As footballers we get a lot of stick, sometimes fairly, sometimes wrongly, in the press and not enough of us use the power we have to work good things within society.

"Marcus, and Raheem (Sterling) as well, they've set an example for the rest of us. Marcus is only 22 years old and he's setting an example like that. For me.

Bamford believes Sir Marcus Rashford has a ring to it

"I'm older than him but I'm looking up to him thinking, 'wow, that's incredible'. If more people did that, I'm sure we'd see more change quicker with various things. I can't speak highly enough of what he's doing.

"Sir Marcus Rashford? Yeah, why not? The things he's done, he's achieving all these things and he's a boy, he's 22 and he's achieving things grown men in the Government somehow can't seem to.

The Whites striker insists he looks up to Rashford
The Whites striker insists he looks up to Rashford

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"That's astonishing, the fact he's doing that, and he deserves everything that he gets. Why shouldn't he be called Sir Marcus Rashford for the things he's doing for other people?

“It's all selfless, nothing is for himself, so I think he deserves it."