BBC and ITV unveil World Cup coverage teams

Date published: Tuesday 15th May 2018 12:02

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The BBC and ITV have announced their coverage teams for the World Cup in Russia.

The BBC will televise 33 live games, including England’s two opening Group G matches against Tunisia and Panama, while ITV will televise 32 live games, including the opening ceremony and game between Russia and Saudi Arabia on June 14.

ITV will also have England’s final group game with Belgium live and they will have first and second pick of the round of 16 games and first pick of the semi-finals. Both channels will show the final live on July 15.

The BBC will have Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker as their anchor and he will be joined by former England trio Alan Shearer, Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand.

Jurgen Klinsmann, Didier Drogba and Pablo Zabaleta will also be making appearances alongside usual suspects Phil Neville, Jermaine Jenas, Danny Murphy, Martin Keown and England women’s Alex Scott.

ITV have unveiled Sky Sports’ Gary Neville as part of their punditry team and he will be joined by Henrik Larsson, Roy Keane, Martin O’Neill and Slaven Bilic.

West Ham full-back Patrice Evra will make his debut for the channel and he will be joined by regulars Lee Dixon, Ian Wright, Ryan Giggs and England women’s forward Eni Aluko.

Mark Pougatch will host their coverage with Jacqui Oatley also taking on presenting duties and they will also be joined by referee Mark Clattenburg.


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