Fans have been left frustrated after seeing ITV reveal their Euro 2020 pundits and commentators, what a reaction it got online too!
ITV said in a statement: “ITV begins its build-up to Euro 2020 with the announcement of its stellar line-up to guide viewers through the tournament and comprehensive coverage plans to bring fans the very best of the action on TV, on demand and online.
“Live games and highlights broadcast on ITV and ITV4 and simulcast on ITV Hub will be complemented by a range of content across ITV Football and ITV Sport online and social media platforms to ensure wherever and whenever they are, viewers and fans can immerse themselves in everything that’s happening throughout the tournament.
“Led by main presenters Mark Pougatch and Seema Jaswal, as well as Reshmin Chowdhury, ITV’s Euros squad will offer a wealth of insight, expertise and opinion from a punditry line-up of Ian Wright, Roy Keane, Gary Neville, Patrick Vieira, Graeme Souness, Ashley Cole, Eni Aluko, Robert Earnshaw, Emma Hayes, Nigel de Jong, John Collins, Joe Ledley, Nadia Nadim, Scott Brown and Andros Townsend.
“Commentary 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.
Take a look at @ITV‘s team for Euro 2020 🙌⬇️
— ITV Football (@itvfootball) May 24, 2021
“ITV will once again employ a referee analyst with former elite referee Peter Walton on hand to explain and clarify key decisions.
“Reporting during the tournament, which is uniquely hosted in 11 cities across the continent, will be Gabriel Clarke, Michelle Owen and Raman Bhardwaj.
“ITV will exclusively show 27 live games in a packed schedule beginning with a group stage that includes the two evening England group stage games – the hotly anticipated clash with Scotland at Wembley in a re-match of the memorable Euro 1996 match, as well as the final group match against the Czech Republic.
“The first weeks of the Euros on ITV will also bring viewers the showdown between world champions France and Germany, Wales v Italy, Scotland’s final group game v Croatia, current European champions Portugal v Germany as well as matches involving European giants Spain, the Netherlands and many people’s favourites, the star-studded Belgium side.
“Live coverage continues throughout the knock-out stages and ITV also has first pick for the Semi-final stage and will show the Final.
“ITV will show highlights of all other games on each match day throughout the tournament, which will also be available on ITV Hub.
“ITV’s Euro 2020 coverage will be available continuously with a range of fresh content, analysis and features available online and on social media.
“The Euros Daily Show will drop every day on ITV Hub, new show Three Lions Raw will offer no filter access highlights of England games on ITV Hub and Youtube, where plenty of Home Nations content can also be found, with extra interviews and features following the fortunes of Scotland, Wales and England.
“Match clips from all ITV games will be posted on Twitter, as well as news, highlights and previews on the ITV Football website each day, plus we have new Cartoon Commentary by animator Nick Murray Wallis, which featured in ITV’s Euro 96 Relived coverage during the first 2020 lockdown.
“A new series will take a unique look at classic moments from the archive – reimagining unforgettable events such as Paul Gascoigne’s miss against Germany to show what might have been.
“The ITV Football Football Show podcast will see special guests chat to hosts Mark Pougatch and Andros Townsend in 12 new Euro 2020 episodes.
“And there are plenty of ways for fans and viewers to get involved, including ITV’s Euros Instagram filter and the Ultimate Euros Poll as well as man of the match, goal of the week, player of the week polls on the ITV Football Twitter feed.
“ITV will build the buzz for the tournament from this week, with specially produced new on air Euro 2020 trail, featuring ITV pundit Ian Wright signalling the Good Times Start Here as we count down the days to kick-off.
“ITV will also build up to the Euros with exclusive live coverage of England’s final two pre-tournament matches at home to Austria on 2 June and Romania on 6 June. A range of specially curated football documentaries will also be scheduled on ITV and ITV 4 and made available on ITV Hub during the build up and throughout the tournament.”
Niall Sloane, ITV Director of Sport, said: “Euro 2020 is a tournament unlike any other and ITV has brought together a uniquely talented team from across football that will offer viewers and fans compelling insight and entertainment we hope will enrich their enjoyment of what promises to be a very special few weeks. Our live coverage, highlights shows, podcasts, online and social media content, will capture all the action and all the talking points, so fans and viewers can immerse themselves in everything the tournament has to offer throughout Euro 2020 on ITV.”
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As mentioned, fans were left frustrated after seeing ITV reveal their Euro 2020 pundits and commentators while others had something else to say…
— Matt (@maffyou) May 24, 2021
@pricey_88: Aluko on free to air tv? Wasn’t she giving it large earlier in the season that paying £15 a game for PPV footy was worthwhile and fans should stop moaning?
@keithlemon: ‘Sake, why Souness, fml
@MagStiofan: He’s good entertainment tbf.. Aluko and Earnshaw aren’t great picks
@Lioneol_: Dear ITV, please give the big games to Clive Tyldesley. Many thanks, Everyone.
@seanmarkus_67: Scott Brown is a pundit, this is going to be class
@Martyjhill1: Emma Hayes? I’m awake
@EuanBCFC_: We have to listen to Matterface at least twice ffs
@mikelinny: Should have had Champion and Mccoist back together.
@Brennan719: Have to hand it to Souness tbf. Consistently getting such well paid gigs whilst being as bad at his job as he is is military-grade blagging.
@MUFC_redarmy99: Why Graeme Souness..
@Sam_Hamlet: Peter fucking Walton gets another pay day. The luckiest man on earth
@EdMcDougall99: If Clive Tyldesley isn’t on the England games for ITV then whats the point
@GaryBolton91: Oh god… I thought we heard the last of Graeme Souness for at least a couple of months
@mxrganhulme7: Souness let’s hope he ain’t covering France games hahaha
@D_198611: That is the worst commentary line-up ever provided for a major tournament.
@ajsmart1993: Couple of absolute howlers in there…
@Manthistle: Souness? He’s scraping the barrel at at Skysports nowadays so why the hell have you given him another platform here?! Also, Neville? Keane? Wright? Can all media outlets only picked from a really limited pool of pundits for some strange reason?
@1987Rick: Peter fucking Walton?!? How does this man get work?
@njpallett: Souness. I’m out
@1969_lfc: Just don’t get Keane to make any predictions he’s not very good at it.
@DDwasps: Souness directing all analysis about Liverpool’s chances for next season.
@hunter_ja: Peter Walton – awful on bt sport – gets most decisions wrong
@kokosd: Graeme Souness WTF. ITV going backwards with employing dinosaurs.
@tekerrigan: Souness and Walton. Remarkable.
@MrJames007619: Make sure @CliveTyldesley is on the big games….
@TabrejaliAdam: It was all going well until I saw Souness. Ffs 😫
@deathcabdan: where’s slav ffs
@Baggies21: Souness, no thank you.
Me looking and enjoying the line up but then seeing Peter Walton and Graeme Souness. pic.twitter.com/xuxapDvi8c
— Wes (@WDR573) May 24, 2021