If you’re watching the 2022 World Cup final between Argentina and France and wondering who the ITV commentators are, we’ve got you covered.
Sam Matterface, Ally McCoist and Lee Dixon are behind the microphone for this final meeting.
Sam Matterface is ITV’s chief commentator and became the chief match commentator for England in 2020. He previously worked on TalkSport and was a Sky Sports News presenter for three years.
Ally McCoist is a much loved pundit and commentator who regularly appears on ITV, TalkSport, Amazon Prime and BT Sport. He has scored over 350 goals for Rangers and 19 for Scotland – and is much loved for his sense of humour, clear vision and historic one-liners during co-comm stints.
Former England international Lee Dixon won four English titles with Arsenal and made 22 appearances for his country. He has appeared on both ITV and BBC as a commentator and pundit, most recently appearing on Channel 4’s Nations League coverage.
In the studio, Mark Pougatch presents with Ian Wright, Roy Keane and Gary Neville as the experts. In addition, Laura Woods is on the field next to Karen Carney.
Former BBC 5 Live fixture Pougatch moved to ITV in 2015 and will be the lead anchor for his third World Cup when he leads the channel’s coverage in Qatar. Pougatch co-headlined ITV’s coverage of the Six Nations Rugby Championship with BT’s BT Sports To score show too.
Much-loved former striker Ian Wright was Arsenal’s record goalscorer until his record was surpassed by Thierry Henry in 2005. He also played for Celtic, West Ham United and Burnley – and famously only turned professional in his early 20s after being a bricklayer before getting his chance at football.
Since retiring as a player, Wright has appeared on ITV, BBC, Sky and BT Sport, most recently being a pundit at Women’s Euro 2022.
Roy Keane captained Manchester United and won seven Premier League titles in just 12 seasons at Old Trafford. The only World Cup Keane went to was in 1994 in the US: the Irishman infamously left the camp ahead of the 2002 tournament after an argument with manager Mick McCarthy.
A regular on Sky Sports, Keane is known for his dry humour, grumpy attitude and impassioned analysis. He has appeared sporadically over the years on ITV tournaments and Champions League coverage, despite once claiming, “Every time I watch a match on television, I have to switch off the commentators.”
Gary Neville is a former Manchester United captain who won two Champions League trophies and eight Premier League titles in over 600 appearances. A man with one club for his club, he achieved 85 caps for England before becoming an assistant coach in the national line-up. Later he led Valencia.
Neville has been one of Sky Sports’ leading analysts since 2011. He first took notice on ITV before the 2002 World Cup in which he was injured, and has since appeared in tournaments for the channel. He is known for his football intelligence and leftist views, opposing the Super League and irresponsible ownership in football.
Laura Woods is a familiar face to ITV Sports and Sky Sports viewers, as well as a presenter on TalkSport. An Arsenal fan, Woods left Sky this year and currently works for DAZN, as part of their coverage of boxing and the Women’s Champions League, among other things.
Karen Carney won twelve trophies in her career and made 144 appearances for her country. She was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2021 and was twice FA International Young Player of the Year, in 2005 and 2006. As a pundit, Carney has worked on BT Sport, Sky Sports, Amazon Prime and the BBC. She is currently most frequently featured in Sky’s coverage of the WSL.
The coverage of the World Cup matches is split between the BBC and ITV in the UK, with Alan Shearer, Micah Richard and Alex Scott among the BBC pundits.
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