ITV began its preparation for the upcoming Euro 2020 tournament by announcing its panel of experts to guide viewers through a month of nonstop football.
And while the BBC announced its all-star line-up just days ago, ITV has gone all out when it comes to its commentators, presenters and pundits.
Figures such as Gary Neville, Roy Keane and Graeme Souness, normally the faces of Sky Sports, have been drafted to help analyze every little detail.
For the Three Lions’ two group games, the broadcaster hired a host of big names, including former stars Ian Wright, Ashley Cole, Andros Townsend and Eni Aluko to jump into the action.
Between the two of them, they’ve made over 250 appearances for their country, proving they know a thing or two about playing in a big international tournament after playing 11 between them.
On June 18, when England host Scotland for their second group game, the English panel will be joined by some of Scotland’s top footballers, with Souness joined by former Scottish captain Scott Brown and John Collins to analyze the very game. expected from group D.
To help fully cover all home nations at the tournament, Robert Earnshaw and Joe Ledley will be in the studio to provide insight and analysis ahead of Wales’ final group game against Italy on June 20.
Nigel de Jong, Patrick Vieira, Nadia Nadim are also on board to help analyze the Netherlands and France as they look to conquer the tournament again.
Broadcaster coverage of the tournament will be led by lead presenters Mark Pougatch and Seema Jaswal.
After replacing Adrian Chiles in 2015, Pougatch has been the face of football on ITV, presenting channel coverage of the UEFA Champions League, the English Open, Euro 2016 and the FIFA World Cup. FIFA in 2018.
Accompanying the duo will be Reshmin Chowdhury, who has co-hosted the UEFA Champions League group stage draw for the past four years. Although she has made a name for herself on the BBC, even helping them with their 2018 World Cup coverage, she will be working for ITV for the next few Euros.
While the three will be accommodated in the comfort of the studio, reporters Gabriel Clarke, Michelle Owen and Raman Bhardwaj will be positioned in the 11 host cities to keep everyone at home up to date with what’s going on at the tournament.
Comments will come from Sam Matterface, Clive Tyldesley, Joe Speight, Seb Hutchinson and Tom Gayle, supported by co-commentators Lee Dixon, Ally McCoist and John Hartson.
Having commented on the number of majors during his career, it’s no surprise that commentary legend Tyldesley helps describe Euro 2020 action.
The 66-year-old was on duty at the last European Championships in 2016 after England were eliminated 2-1 by Iceland in the round of 16.
After being dropped as ITV’s senior commentator in July 2020, Tyldesley has since worked for NBC and CBS Sports, while also helping provide commentary to Rangers TV during their campaign for the title.
The likes of Ally McCoist, John Hartson and Lee Dixon are among the co-commenters after impressing on Amazon Prime and NBC, respectively.