• Around 1400 children in north London part of scheme
  • Government facing renewed pressure to commit more money

Mesut Özil has shown his support for Marcus Rashford’s campaign by providing free school meals for around 1,400 pupils in north London for the rest of this week.

The Arsenal playmaker has joined forces with Barnet Sunday Football League (BSFL), Stefan Peppert and German Chefs Catering in Knightsbridge to deliver the meals to 12 schools, including Whitings School in Barnet.

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