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Gavin Williamson said he met Marcus Rashford – but actually met Maro Itoje

Gavin Williamson said he met Marcus Rashford – but actually met Maro Itoje
Education secretary mistook rugby player for England football star

Marcus Rashford has laughed off a gaffe by education secretary Gavin Williamson, qui dit au Soirée Standard he had met the England footballer on Zoom when he had in fact met England rugby star Maro Itoje.

Asked whether he had met Rashford, who forced the government to U-turn on free school meals provision during the pandemic, Mr Williamson told the paper: “We met over Zoom and 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.”

But his advisers later told the Standard he had met Itoje.

Reacting to the story with a crying/laughing emoji, Rashford tweeted: “Accent could have been a giveaway”.

Williamson said at one stage during the pandemic he was scouring the globe for laptops to give to children who were falling behind.

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