Manchester United star Marcus Rashford has hit back at a Tory MP after a tweet about child poverty.
Kevin Hollinrake, who represents Thirsk and Malton, said it is the responsibility of parents and not the government to feed children.
The Yorkshire MP, who made the comment after praising Chancellor Rishi Sunak's Eat Out to Help Out scheme, tweeted: 'Where they can, it's a parents job to feed their children.'
Footballer Rashford, 22, who is spearheading a task force to combat child poverty, rebuked the married father-of-four.
On his Twitter account he responded: 'I would urge you to talk to families before tweeting. To this day I haven't met one parent who hasn't wanted or felt the responsibility to feed their children...'
Footballer Rashford, 22, who is spearheading a task force to combat child poverty, rebuked the married father-of-four
The England star was successful in campaigning for free school meal vouchers to be provided to pupils over the summer period
The tweet from the Tory MP was strongly criticised by other social media users, with many supporting the Manchester United star's comments, and some even calling for him to enter politics after his footballing career has ended.
Emma Cantrell, CEO of First Days Children's Charity, tweeted: 'It's this type of ignorance that we encounter every day at First Days. We have also not come across a single parent who isn't desperate to provide everything their children need – no one, NO ONE, is proud of having charity support. But it is so needed, so sadly.'
Kevin Hollinrake, who represents Thirsk and Malton, said it is the responsibility of parents and not the government to feed children
Comedian Matt Forde said: 'You've got to go into politics after football.'
Twitter user Daniel Hopkins said: 'You're right Marcus. People don't chose to not feed their kids. Things change in life and people struggle and when you have to choose between paying your Bill's, or putting food on the table, thats wrong. Especially in one of the most richest countries in the world.
And Stef Williams said: 'Breaks my heart that people believe this. I didn’t eat for days on end so my daughter could.
'I researched what gave the highest vitamin intake in the cheapest possible way. Tinned spaghetti hoops, 20 years ago. She ate them for most meals. Thank you for highlighting the issue.'
Not everyone agreed with Rashford's response to the Tory MP this afternoon.
A Twitter user called Brandon said: 'Unfortunately many children are neglected by their parents Marcus. it's not uncommon for people to have issues and put other things before their kids.'
The England star was successful in campaigning for free school meal vouchers to be provided to