Vincent Kompany joins BBC Euro 2016 team

Manchester City and Belgium captain Vincent Kompany will join the BBC punditry team for Euro 2016.

Capped 70 times for his country, Kompany was ruled out of the tournament with a thigh injury, but will instead travel to France to work with the BBC team, providing expert analysis from the corporation’s Paris studio.

He joins BBC Sport’s on-air line-up which is led by presenter Gary Lineker and includes Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand, Thierry Henry and Gianluca Vialli.

Kompany, who has previously appeared as a guest on Match Of The Day, will be in the BBC studio on June 12 to see World Champions Germany start their campaign with their match against Ukraine.

He will also see Ronaldo’s entrance into the tournament as a guest for Portugal’s match against Austria on June 14.

“I am extremely disappointed not to be in France with the Belgium team, but to be there with the BBC will be the next best thing,” said Kompany.

“There is a huge amount of anticipation for the tournament and I’m really looking forward to working alongside Gary and the team throughout the competition.”

In addition to his BBC commitments, Kompany will also provide expert analysis for US broadcaster ESPN, as well as being inside the stadium for the Belgium games.

Philip Bernie, BBC Head of TV Sport, says: “We have enjoyed working with Vincent as a guest on Match Of The Day, and have been extremely impressed with the insight he offers.

“As a current player, he is very close to the game and has played against a number of the players and countries involved in Euro 2016.

“He will be the perfect addition to our impressive studio line-up, which already boasts an outstanding array of pundits, led by the best sports presenter on TV.”

Kompany joins a BBC team which will feature a number of other former internationals, including Martin Keown, Jermaine Jenas, Danny Murphy, Robbie Savage, John Hartson, Dean Saunders, Chris Brunt, Neil Lennon, Gerry Armstrong, Mark Lawrenson, Kevin Kilbane and Jens Lehmann.

Additional reporting from inside the home nation camps and stadiums will come from Gabby Logan, Jason Mohammad, Stephen Watson, Eilidh Barbour, Dan Walker and Mark Chapman.

The BBC will again be sharing live coverage of the European Championships with ITV, broadcasting 26 live games, including the most anticipated of all the group stage matches as England meet Wales on 16 June.

There will also be the opening matches for Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, as well as the stand-out game between Belgium and Italy.