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BBC’s Euro 2020 pundits and commentary line-ups confirmed

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.

BBC – UEFA EURO 2016 France – Paris | Jens Weber - Set Design

Credit: Jens Weber Set Design for Euro 2016

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.

Presenters

Gary Lineker
Gabby Logan
Eilidh Barbour
Mark Chapman
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)

Commentators

Guy Mowbray
Steve Wilson
Robyn Cowen
Steve Bower
Jonathan Pearce
Vicki Sparks
Rob McLean
Mark Scott

Co-Commentators

Dion Dublin (England)
Karen Carney (England)
Jermaine Jenas (England)
Martin Keown (England)
Danny Murphy (England)
Robbie Savage (Wales)
James McFadden (Scotland)

Group Stage

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

Knockout Stage

TBC

Final

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 πŸ™„

@_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 FΓ bregas 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 πŸ˜’

@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 πŸ‘

Sam Ali: Missed a trick not getting Roy Keane πŸ‘ŒπŸ½

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 πŸ₯΄

Dean Lamb: Good to see Scotland getting some representatives

Emma Rogers: No Ian Wright? πŸ™

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

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