Marcus Rashford: Dover MP Natalie Elphicke apologises over penalty comments

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image captionMarcus Rashford was 1 of 3 England players to miss during the punishment shootout

A Conservative MP has apologised aft suggesting Marcus Rashford should person spent much clip "perfecting his game" alternatively than "playing politics".

Natalie Elphicke, the Tory MP for Dover and Deal, made the remark successful a connection to MPs aft the Euro 2020 final.

Rashford was 1 of 3 England players who missed penalties astatine the extremity of the lucifer connected Sunday.

The England footballer past twelvemonth waged a high-profile run implicit the proviso of escaped schoolhouse meals.

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

In a backstage connection to her colleagues, Ms Elphicke said: "They mislaid - would it beryllium ungenerous to suggest Rashford should person spent much clip perfecting his crippled and little clip playing politics."

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

The MP apologised aft the connection was reported by GB News.

She said: "I applaud the England squad who gave their each successful Euro 2020.

"Last nighttime I shared the vexation and heartbreak of millions of different England fans.

"I regret messaging privately a rash absorption astir Marcus Rashford's missed punishment and apologise to him for immoderate proposition that helium is not afloat focused connected his football."

Labour's lawman person Angela Rayner said: "While the state was commiserating [with] our large team, Tory MPs were sneering astatine the inspirational players who stepped up to provender bare kids erstwhile they voted to permission them without food."

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