If you’re watching the 2022 World Cup match between Germany and Japan and wondering who the ITV commentators are, we’ve got you covered.
Sam Matterface is the main commentator for the Germany vs. Japan live stream with Ally McCoist joining him as a co-commentator.
Sam Matterface is ITV’s lead commentator and became England’s lead commentator for 2020. He previously worked on TalkSport and was a Sky Sports News presenter for three years.
Ally McCoist is a popular pundit and commentator who appears regularly on ITV, TalkSport, Amazon Prime and BT Sport. He has scored over 350 goals for Rangers and 19 for Scotland – and is highly regarded for his sense of humour, brilliant outlook and historic understudy on co-comm stints.
In the studio, Mark Pougatch is in charge of the presentation with Roy Keane, Ian Wright and Karen Carney, providing expert information.
Old BBC 5 Live Pougatch joined ITV in 2015 and will be the main presenter of his third World Cup when he heads the channel’s coverage in Qatar. Pougatch led ITV’s coverage of the Six Nations Rugby Championship with BT BT Sports Score also show.
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 USA 1994: the Irishman sadly left camp ahead of the 2002 tournament after a row with manager Mick McCarthy.
Keane is a Sky Sports regular and known for his dry humour, grumpy demeanor and impassioned analysis. He has appeared sporadically on ITV tournaments and Champions League coverage over the years, although he once claimed: “Every time I watch a game on TV I have to turn off the commentators.”
Beloved former striker Ian Wright was Arsenal’s top scorer until his record was surpassed by Thierry Henry in 2005. He also played for Celtic, West Ham United and Burnley – and only became professional until his early twenties after being a bricklayer before he got his chance in 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.
Karen Carney won twelve trophies during her career and played 144 times for her country. She was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2021 and was the FA International Young Player of the Year twice, in 2005 and 2006.
As a pundit, Carney has worked on BT Sport, Sky Sports, Amazon Prime and the BBC. She is currently most often seen on Sky’s coverage of the WSL.
Broadcasting of World Cup matches is split between the BBC and ITV in the UK, with Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand and Vincent Kompany among the BBC pundits.