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Marcus Rashford holds a ‘surreal’ Zoom call with Barack Obama.

Man United’s Marcus Rashford holds a ‘surreal’ Zoom call with Barack Obama.

Man United's Marcus Rashford holds a 'surreal' Zoom call with Barack Obama.

The Manchester United starlet says he “enjoyed every minute” of his virtual chat with former USA President Barack Obama.

Rashford met virtually with the former president and the two bonded over their partaken experiences of being parented by single mothers and wanting to make an impression on the community.

Rashford, who has been a blunt champion for stopping child food poverty, bantered about holding the call with Mr Obama while “sitting in my kitchen in Manchester”.

The dialogue, organized by Penguin Books, centered on giving back to your local community and the positive impact of reading – another cause that Rashford has supported for children.

“It’s quite surreal, isn’t it? I’m sitting in my kitchen in Manchester, speaking to President Obama. But, immediately, he made me feel at ease,” the young footballer said.

“It wasn’t long before I realised just how aligned our experiences as children were in shaping the men you see today – adversity, obstacles and all. I genuinely enjoyed every minute of it. When President Obama speaks, all you want to do is listen.”

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Mr Obama was also full of admiration for the Manchester United and England striker, saying: “A lot of the young people I meet – including Marcus – they’re ahead of where I was when I was 23.

“They’re already making changes and being positive forces in their communities.”

Rashford initiated a famous campaign for free school meals for children in poverty last year, arousing the government to turn around its policy twice.

As a result, 1.7 million defenseless children were supported by a £520m government plan.

The footballer also surpassed the Sunday Times’ Giving List this year after raising £20m for the charity FareShare.

The conversation between Rashford and the former president was managed by broadcaster and author June Sarpong and will be released in full on Penguin UK’s YouTube channel at 2 pm on Friday.

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Man United’s Marcus Rashford holds a ‘surreal’ Zoom call with Barack Obama.

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