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Gary Lineker reveals he’s spent a month housing a refugee at his home and says ‘I’ll do it again’

GARY Lineker has revealed he’s spent a month housing a refugee through charity Refugees At Home.

The Match of the Day host, 59, revealed his name is Rasheed in a post on Twitter with a letter he had been sent by the migrant in which he thanked him for staying in his “beautiful home”.

It came after Gary defended migrants coming to the UK and was told to put one up himself.

Speaking to GQ magazine, he said:  “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.

“It was a really, really positive experience. 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.”

It was revealed last month that dad of four Gary was to welcome a refugee in his Surrey mansion.

Earlier today he posted a letter of thanks from Rasheed on Twitter dated October 18.

Gary said: “This letter alone made it worthwhile. Thanks Rasheed for giving such a different perspective on life to both myself and my boys. Thanks too to Refugees At Home for helping to make this happen. It was a hugely positive experience and I will definitely host again.”

The letter read: “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 resectful children gave to me.”

Rasheed went on to reveal he spoke Balochi – the language spoken in the Balochistan region divided between Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan.

He said: “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.”

Rasheed signed off: “Best wishes, Rasheed.”

Gary has four children with his first wife Michelle Cockayne - George, 29, Harry, 26, Tobias, 24, and Angus, 22.

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