If you’re watching the 2022 World Cup match between France and Australia and wondering who the BBC commentators are, we’ve got you covered.
Jonathan Pearce is the lead commentator for the France v Australia live stream (opens in a new tab) with Danny Murphy joining him as a co-commentary.
Jonathan Pearce has been commentating on the BBC since the 1990s and is also known as the voice of a cult show Robot Wars on the BBC. Pearce is also a leading voice in women’s football and commented frequently on women’s tournaments in her time on the Beeb.
Danny Murphy is a regular BBC program analyst Game of the day and occasional guest on TalkSport. During his playing career he played for Liverpool, Blackburn and Fulham among others, earning nine caps for England.
In the studio, Gary Lineker is in charge of the presentation with Alan Shearer, Didier Drogba and Vincent Kompany providing expert insight.
Gary Lineker is now a legend in broadcasting as well as football, with 48 goals for England putting him fourth on the all-time list, behind Sir Bobby Charlton, Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane. He’s England’s top scorer in the FIFA World Cup with 10 goals, with a small part of him no doubt hoping that Harry Kane (on six) won’t quite break that record this time around.
Linksy is the main presenter and will be present for all England matches, as well as the final (which may not be mutually exclusive).
With 260 goals, Alan Shearer has scored more Premier League goals than anyone. The former striker won the Golden Boot at Euro 96 on home soil and scored 30 goals in just 63 appearances for England before turning to punditry from the 2006 World Cup. Shearer works exclusively on the BBC.
Didier Drogba is the all-time top scorer and former captain of the Ivory Coast national team, with 105 caps. He also led Chelsea to the 2012 Champions League, among other trophies. He has appeared sporadically as a pundit for the BBC since retiring as a guest at the 2018 World Cup.
Vincent Kompany is Burnley manager and captain of four-time Premier League winner Manchester City. Kompany won 89 caps for Belgium during a fifteen-year international career and led the Red Devils to third place in the 2018 World Cup as captain.
Broadcasting of World Cup matches is split between the BBC and ITV in the UK, with Ian Wright, Roy Keane and Graeme Souness among the ITV pundits.