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Natalie Elphicke Marcus Rashford Dover MP apologises over

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'He should spend more time playing football and less playing politics' Mon, 12 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0100-Natalie Elphicke, the Tory MP for Dover and Deal, made the comment in a message to MPs after the Euro 2020 final. Rashford was one of three England players …

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Marcus Rashford: Dover MP Natalie Elphicke apologises over penalty comments

image captionMarcus Rashford was one of three England players to miss during the penalty shootout

A Conservative MP has apologised after suggesting Marcus Rashford should have spent more time “perfecting his game” rather than “playing politics”.

Natalie Elphicke, the Tory MP for Dover and Deal, made the comment in a message to MPs after the Euro 2020 final.

Rashford was one of three England players who missed penalties at the end of the match on Sunday.

The England footballer last year waged a high-profile campaign over the provision of free school meals.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was forced into a U-turn over the issue.

In a private message to her colleagues, Ms Elphicke said: “They lost – would it be ungenerous to suggest Rashford should have spent more time perfecting his game and less time playing politics.”

image captionNatalie Elphicke said she was sharing the country's “frustration and heartbreak”

The MP apologised after the message was reported by GB News.

She said: “I applaud the England team who gave their all in Euro 2020.

“Last night I shared the frustration and heartbreak of millions of other England fans.

“I regret messaging privately a rash reaction about Marcus Rashford's missed penalty and apologise to him for any suggestion that he is not fully focused on his football.”

Labour's deputy leader Angela Rayner said: “While the country was commiserating [with] our great team, Tory MPs were sneering at the inspirational players who stepped up to feed hungry kids when they voted to leave them without food.”

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image captionMarcus Rashford was one of three England players to miss during the penalty shootout

A Conservative MP has apologised after suggesting Marcus Rashford should have spent more time “perfecting his game” rather than “playing politics”.

Natalie Elphicke, the Tory MP for Dover and Deal, made the comment in a message to MPs after the Euro 2020 final.

Rashford was one of three England players who missed penalties at the end of the match on Sunday.

The England footballer last year waged a high-profile campaign over the provision of free school meals.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was forced into a U-turn over the issue.

In a private message to her colleagues, Ms Elphicke said: “They lost – would it be ungenerous to suggest Rashford should have spent more time perfecting his game and less time playing politics.”

image captionNatalie Elphicke said she was sharing the country's “frustration and heartbreak”

The MP apologised after the message was reported by GB News.

She said: “I applaud the England team who gave their all in Euro 2020.

“Last night I shared the frustration and heartbreak of millions of other England fans.

“I regret messaging privately a rash reaction about Marcus Rashford's missed penalty and apologise to him for any suggestion that he is not fully focused on his football.”

Labour's deputy leader Angela Rayner said: “While the country was commiserating [with] our great team, Tory MPs were sneering at the inspirational players who stepped up to feed hungry kids when they voted to leave them without food.”

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A Kent MP has faced a backlash after criticising Marcus Rashford following his penalty miss at the Euro 2020 Final.

Dover and Deal MP Natalie Elphicke reportedly made the spurious remark in a leaked private message.

Mr Rashford hit the post during the penalty shootout against Italy last night, one of three young players to miss their kicks alongside Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka.

In the WhatsApp message reportedly to a Conservative MP group chat, Mrs Elphicke asked if it would be “ungenerous to suggest” that the Manchester United and England star “should have spent more time perfecting his game and less time playing politics”.

The comment seemingly made reference to the 23-year-old’s campaigning for free school meals during the pandemic – which earned him international renown and an MBE.

After it was leaked by GB News, the MP has faced an enormous backlash on social media, with some calling for her to resign.

Labour Deputy leader Angela Rayner responded that Rashford “wouldn’t have to [play politics] if you didn’t leave hungry kids without food.

“Imagine saying something so disgusting that a WhatsApp group of Tory MPs think it’s so disgusting that they leak it to make sure the world can see your true colours. This is beneath contempt,” she added.

Mrs Elphicke tweeted out this morning saying that she “I shared the frustration and heartbreak of millions of England fans”, but did not address the leaked message.

However she has now apologised in a message to the Telegraph, saying: “I applaud the England team who gave their all in Euro 2020. Last night I shared the frustration and heartbreak of millions of other England fans.

“I regret messaging privately a rash reaction about Marcus Rashford’s missed penalty and apologise to him for any suggestion that he is not fully focussed on his football.

“Onwards to the World Cup and I look forward to Marcus Rashford’s contribution at that time.”

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