BBC and ITV release their teamsheets for coverage of Euro 2020 final07/10/2021
Gary Lineker versus Ian Wright and Alan Shearer up against Gary Neville: BBC and ITV release their teamsheets for coverage of the Euro 2020 final
- Broadcasters will be battling for the lion’s share of tens of million of viewers
- Sunday’s England v Italy final could draw in an audience of more than 32 million
- Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Gabby Logan will also join BBC coverage
- ITV coverage of match at Wembley will also feature Roy Keane and Ashley Cole
- Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here
The BBC and ITV have unveiled their presenting lineups for the Euro 2020 final as the broadcasters prepare to battle for viewers of England’s clash against Italy on Sunday.
Both broadcasters will be airing the historic game at Wembley and will be vying for the lion’s share of a potentially record-breaking TV audience, which could surpass 32 million.
It comes after more than 27 million people tuned into England’s semi-final against Denmark on Wednesday.
It was the most watched non-news event since Croatia knocked England out of the 2018 World Cup – and Sunday’s game guarantees to be even bigger.
The final against Italy could break the viewing record set by the 1966 World Cup final, which brought in 32.3 million viewers.
Gary Lineker will be heading up the BBC coverage of the historic England v Italy Euro 2020 final on Sunday
Team BBC: Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard will be offering their expert analysis of Sunday’s Euro 2020 final
Gabby Logan will be reporting pitchside for the BBC team at Wembley on Sunday, alongside Alex Scott and Jurgen Klinsmann
Covering the match on the BBC, Gary Lineker will be joined by former England internationals Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard.
Former England defender Alex Scott, presenter Gabby Logan and German Euro 96 winner Jurgen Klinsmann will be pitchside, while Guy Mowbray and Jermaine Jenas will commentate.
Coverage will began at 6.20pm before kick off at 8pm.
Meanwhile on ITV, host Mark Pougatch will be joined by former England stars Ian Wright and Gary Neville, as well as former Ireland and Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane.
Presenter Seema Jaswal will be pitchside with pundits Emma Hayes and Ashley Cole.
Sam Matterface and Lee Dixon will commentate.
ITV’s coverage begins at 6.30pm after the 1960s film The Italian Job.
England’s semi-final victory over Denmark was watched by 27.6 million viewers on ITV.
Team ITV: Mark Pougatch will be joined by Ian Wright for ITV’s coverage of England v Italy on Sunday
Former England stars Gary Neville and former Ireland and Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane will also form part of ITV’s coverage at Wembley on Sunday
Emma Hayes will be reporting pitchside for ITV at Wembley during England v Italy match this Sunday
It came after the 4-0 quarter-final thrashing of Ukraine was watched by 19.8 million on the BBC.
The BBC may have the upper hand on Sunday as scores of superstitious fans will be looking to avoid the so-called ‘ITV curse’.
The ‘curse’ stems from the 1998 World Cup, when the Three Lions crashed out of the tournament against Argentina in Saint-Etienne, France.
ITV has since screened slightly more World Cup or Euro clashes, yet it has a vastly inferior win record when compared to the BBC.
Losses broadcast by the terrestrial channel include England’s Euro 2000 loss against Portugal, and the devastating Croatia defeat in the 2018 World Cup semi-final.
ITV also showed the Euro 2016 clash with Iceland, which England lost 1 – 2.
Before England’s win against Denmark this week, overall, England had lost nine matches on ITV and drawn 11. In comparison to the BBC, England’s record reads as Won: 14 Drawn: 3 Lost: 3.
This gave England an impressive 70 per cent win rate on BBC, whereas on ITV it was a paltry 16.67 per cent.
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