AN ARMY of shops and cafes in a picturesque Oxfordshire village answered Marcus Rashford's call and offered free meals to pupils.

The footballer shared a list of businesses in Chinnor and Thame that have offered to feed children from disadvantaged families during half term.

All the places offering free school meals around Oxfordshire

These include:

  • The Wheatsheaf Pub on Oakley Road, Chinnor
  • White's Windmill Cafe on Mill Lane, Chinnor 
  • The Wee Bookshop & Cafe on Station Road, Chinnor
  • Cottage bakery on Upper High Street, Thame
  • The Chippy on Upper High Street, Thame
  • Rumsey's Chocolaterie on Upper High Street, Thame

The Manchester United star, who was made an MBE earlier this year, demanded the Government extend the scheme to cover school holidays - but it refused and on Thursday last week Tory MPs voted down the extension of the scheme during the holiday.

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In a statement on Twitter, the footballer said he was 'blown away' by the generosity of businesses stepping up to fill the voucher scheme.

He added: "This is the England I know."