BBC’s Euro 2020 pundits and commentary line-ups are confirmed, and it’s already getting plenty of talk across plenty of social media sites.
The BBC have confirmed on Thursday afternoon that they will give audiences 24/7 access to all of the action, analysis and insight from this summer’s tournament across TV, radio and online.
England, Scotland and Wales’ opening games are exclusively live on the BBC, and all 51 matches in the tournament are available on Radio 5 Live.
Gary Lineker, Gabby Logan, Eilidh Barbour and Mark Chapman will lead coverage across TV and radio, while they are to be joined by a host of former international stars from the 11th of June.
Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand, Alex Scott, Micah Richards, Ashley Williams, Mark Hughes, Shelley Kerr and James McFadden are all listed.
European Championship winners and ex-Premier League players Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas and Jurgen Klinsmann also join the team for the tournament, which was delayed by 12 months because of the Covid pandemic.
The opening game is Turkey v Italy in Rome on Friday the 11th of June and is the first of 25 live matches across BBC One, BBC Two, BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website and app.
That is followed by Wales v Switzerland on the 12th of June, England v Croatia on the June 13th and Scotland v Czech Republic and Spain v Sweden on the June 14th, giving audiences the first opportunity to see all the home nations who qualified in action.
Director of BBC Sport Barbara Slater said: “After patiently waiting, the first of this summer’s major sporting events is now on the horizon and the BBC is ready to deliver another memorable football tournament, making sure audiences are entertained from start to finish.
“Three of our home nations are all in action on the BBC during the opening weekend, along with an array of the finest European talent on display throughout the Championship. All coverage will be brought to viewers and listeners by an unrivalled line-up of the best presenters and experts who can offer that unique insight, analysis and entertainment.”
Steve Crossman and Emma Saunders will join Mark Chapman in presenting 5 Live’s coverage, with co-commentary coming from Karen Carney and Chris Waddle. Pat Nevin, Erin Cuthbert and Charlie Adam will talk on Scotland, while Nathan Blake and James Collins will be focused on Wales.
BBC Radio 5 Live’s Daily Euros podcast will be back every day throughout the tournament on BBC Sounds, with all the analysis, best interviews and behind-the-scenes insight.
Starting on the 1st of June, Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer and Micah Richards will also kick off a Euros-themed Match of the Day: Top 10 podcast, while Peter Crouch, Tom Fordyce and Chris Stark return to BBC Sounds with That Peter Crouch Euros Podcast.
Former England striker Crouch will also be back stronger on TV screens this summer, where he will be joined by Maya Jama and Alex Horne for Crouchy’s Year Late Euros.
🔹 Fans of England, Scotland & Wales can enjoy their #Euro2020 opening games live and exclusive on the BBC.
🔸 Three Euros winners join the team in Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas & Jurgen Klinsmann.
🔹 The opening game between Turkey & Italy live on the BBC.#bbcfootball
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) May 20, 2021
Alan Shearer (England)
Alex Scott (England)
Rio Ferdinand (England)
Micah Richards (England)
Ashley Williams (Wales)
Mark Hughes (Wales)
James McFadden (Scotland)
Shelley Kerr (Scotland)
Charlie Adam (Scotland)
Thierry Henry (France)
Cesc Fabregas (Spain)
Jurgen Klinsmann (Germany)
Dion Dublin (England)
Karen Carney (England)
Jermaine Jenas (England)
Martin Keown (England)
Danny Murphy (England)
Robbie Savage (Wales)
James McFadden (Scotland)
June 11: Turkey vs Italy (8pm) – Rome – BBC
June 12: Wales vs Switzerland (2pm) – Baku – BBC
June 12: Denmark vs Finland (5pm) – Copenhagen – BBC
June 12: Belgium vs Russia (8pm) – St Petersburg – ITV
June 13: England vs Croatia (2pm) – Wembley – BBC
June 13: Austria vs North Macedonia (5pm) – Bucharest – ITV
June 13: Netherlands vs Ukraine (8pm) – Amsterdam – ITV
June 14: Scotland vs Czech Republic (2pm) – Glasgow – BBC
June: 14 Poland vs Slovakia (5pm) – St Petersburg – ITV
June 14: Spain vs Sweden (8pm) – Seville – BBC
June 15: Hungary vs Portugal (5pm) – Budapest – ITV
June 15: France vs Germany (8pm) – Munich – ITV
June 16: Finland vs Russia (2pm) – St Petersburg – BBC
June 16: Turkey vs Wales (5pm) – Baku – BBC
June 16: Italy vs Switzerland (8pm) – Rome – ITV
June 17: Ukraine vs North Macedonia (2pm) – Bucharest – ITV
June 17: Denmark vs Belgium (5pm) – Copenhagen – ITV
June 17: Netherlands vs Austria (8pm) – Amsterdam – BBC
June 18: Sweden vs Slovakia (2pm) – St Petersburg – BBC
June 18: Croatia vs Czech Republic (5pm) – Glasgow – BBC
June 18: England vs Scotland (8pm) – Wembley – ITV
une 19: Hungary vs France (2pm) – Budapest – BBC
June 19: Portugal vs Germany (2pm) – Munich – ITV
June 19: Spain vs Poland (8pm) – Seville – BBC
June 20: Italy vs Wales (5pm) – Rome – ITV
June 20: Switzerland vs Turkey (5pm) – Baku – ITV
June 21: North Macedonia vs Netherlands (5pm) – Amsterdam – ITV
June 21: Ukraine vs Austria (5pm) – Bucharest – ITV
June 21: Russia vs Denmark (8pm) – Copenhagen – BBC
June 21: Finland vs Belgium (8pm) – St Petersburg – BBC
June 22: Czech Republic vs England (8pm) – Wembley – ITV
June 22: Croatia vs Play-Off Winner C (8pm) – Glasgow – ITV
June 23: Slovakia vs Spain (5pm) – Seville – ITV
June 23: Sweden vs Poland (5pm) – St Petersburg – ITV
June 23: Germany vs Hungary (8pm) – Munich – BBC
June 23: Portugal vs France (8pm) – Budapest – BBC
July 11: Winner Semi-Final 1 vs Winner Semi-Final 2 – London – BBC/ITV
Fans reacted as the BBC’s Euro 2020 pundits and commentary line-ups are confirmed…
@SwedishRoss: Great lineup! Still think Danny Higginbotham should be on English tele, most underrated pundit. Ties being concise with a strong depth of analysis.
@mightywhites1: Carney 🙄
@_LiamWaiton: More excited for Cesc before and after games than I am for the actual games
@Varneyshairline: Jenas and Williams 🤢🤢
@SidBleedsBlue_: @cesc4official is gonna be one of the football pundits for Euro 2020. Magic inside the studio then 😍😍😍
@TikiTakaConnor: Thierry Henry and Cesc Fàbregas linking up again for the first time since 2007. It’s going to be beautiful. My two favourite players of all time. 😍
@Matt_Walker96: Jermaine Jenas. Fucking brilliant
@Manthistle: Can we not get some new pundits rather than sharing all the existing ones? Richards and Henry work for Sky. Rio, Lineker and Savage work for BT. Different subscriptions, same pundits 😒
@jbsoutar: Excellent line-up. A slight shame about Jermaine Jenas and Robbie Savage but we move.
Chris Dee: Thank god I haven’t got to listen to Mark Lawrenson and his depressive view on everything 👍
Sam Ali: Missed a trick not getting Roy Keane 👌🏽
Jason Wade: I would replace Micah Richards with Ian Wright Micah goes on about nothing or laughing at nothing
Sean Strachan: Shite as usual then?
Mark Falconer: Did Garth crooks pick the lineup 🥴
Dean Lamb: Good to see Scotland getting some representatives
Emma Rogers: No Ian Wright? 🙁
Michael Edward John: Great, lots of muting when Micah goes off on one either talking nonsense or laughing hysterically at nothing.
Julian Henry Owen: Ah Christ not Micah Richards again 😩 can’t wait for him to find everything funny
Mark Futter: Is there a red button option to turn off the commentators?
Dave Philbin: Julian Henry Owen you miserable git
Jake Dickson: James McFadden and Shelly Kerr really the best BBC could get on behalf of Scotland? Would rather have Lewis Capaldi and that Raging Kilmarnock fan that looks like he’s having a heart attack
— HulkMatt (@buzza_boost) May 20, 2021