By Daniel Davis For Mailonline
Published: 10:45 GMT, 26 October 2020 | Updated: 10:45 GMT, 26 October 2020
Troy Deeney has hailed Marcus Rashford's campaigning work over free school meals and reflected back on his own reliance on the same scheme.
The 32-year-old Watford captain has previously thrown his weight behind Rashford's efforts to ensure vulnerable children in the UK do not go without during the holiday period and doubled down on his support on Monday morning.
Rashford has stepped up his efforts in recent days after the Government controversially voted against a Labour motion to extend the school dinners initiative.
Troy Deeney hailed Marcus Rashford's campaigning work to ensure vulnerable children are fed
Manchester United forward Rashford spearheads efforts to extend the school meals scheme
And speaking on talkSPORT's Breakfast show, Deeney has revealed how receiving the extra support during his time in education provided invaluable help to his family.
'I'm from that environment,' he said. 'Free school meals was a massive part of what got me, my brothers and my sisters through school up until the age where you start looking after yourself.
'For me that was about 13 or 14 but I certainly had to rely on help. And you do, we all need help in some capacity.
Deeney has reflected on how the same scheme helped his family