Gary Lineker reveals refugee who stayed at his Surrey mansion has already been ...

BBC Match of the Day host Gary Lineker has already bid farewell to a refugee he housed in his Surrey mansion, proudly showing a thank-you note from the man

The former England and Leicester ace, 59, had announced he was taking in a migrant after he was criticised for virtue signalling when he had publicised their plight.

Lineker - the face of Walkers crisps - revealed his plan on August 12 and said it was being organised by Refugees At Home.

But today, after weeks of radio silence on the move, he revealed the refugee, known only as Rasheed, had already been staying in his home with sons George, Harry, Tobias and Angus - and had already moved on.

He said: 'It's been fascinating and a real education for my boys as well.

'Because obviously they're privileged – they know they're privileged – but then to hear this guy's story.

'And he was brilliant with them. I'll definitely do it again.'

He posted a letter on his Instagram account from Rasheed thanking him for the stay that had been placed on what looked to be a marble table.

Lineker spoke to GQ magazine's Editor-in-Chief Dylan Jones at the heroes event in London

Lineker spoke to GQ magazine's Editor-in-Chief Dylan Jones at the heroes event in London

Gary Lineker, at his home in Barnes, in 2020. The refugee stayed in his Surrey property

Gary Lineker, at his home in Barnes, in 2020. The refugee stayed in his Surrey property

The letter addressed to Gary Lineker was signed by the migrant he homed, known as Rasheed

The letter addressed to Gary Lineker was signed by the migrant he homed, known as Rasheed

Rasheed's letter to Lineker in full 

'Dear Gary Lineker,

When I was moving to your home, I was worried that you might be unfriendly and conservative but it was all reverse what I thought.

During my stay at your beautiful home, I never felt that I am a stranger or guest but it seemed to me as if I am a member of your family.

I can never forget your hospitality, love and company that you and your lovely respectful children gave to me.

There is a saying in Balochi language, that if you give me a glass of water, I owe you in my entire life. In fact you did more.

Best wishes,

Rasheed. 18-10-2020' 

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In it, Rasheed said: 'I can never forget your hospitality, love and company that you and your lovely respectful children gave to me.

'There is a saying in Balochi language, that if you give me a glass of water, I owe you in my entire life. In fact you did more.'

In Lineker's interview with GQ HEROES in association with BMW, he added: 'The strange argument was "Why don't you have them in your house, then?".

'Having had that constantly thrown at me for years, I thought, "Why wouldn't I?" My kids are all grown up now, they're all in their twenties.' 

In August Ashfield MP Lee Anderson, 53, slammed the ex-footballer for discussing the record number of migrants who have arrived in the UK on boats this year.

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