ITV has announced that former Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville will be one of the channel’s lead pundits as part of its coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Neville, who played in the 1998 and 2006 World Cups, will be a key part of the ITV’s studio team based in Moscow throughout the 2018 tournament, which kicks off in Moscow on 14 June.
He will join ITV’s lead football presenter Mark Pougatch along with ITV’s regular football punditry line-up, including his former Manchester United team-mate Ryan Giggs, Ian Wright and Lee Dixon in Russia.
ITV Sport’s full World Cup on-air presentation line-up will be announced much closer to the tournament.
Neville’s deal to work for ITV during the World Cup was made in agreement with his colleagues at Sky Sports, where he has been a regular expert analyst and co-commentator on their Premier League coverage since 2011.
On joining ITV for a brief loan spell during the 2018 World Cup, Neville said:
“I’m delighted to join the team at ITV for next summer’s World Cup coverage and thank Sky for also making it possible.
“I’ll look forward to joining up with them in Russia next June.”
Niall Sloane, ITV Director of Sport, added:
“Gary Neville is one of the most respected and valued voices in football broadcasting.
“His experience, insight and understanding of both football and footballers will greatly enrich our coverage of next year’s World Cup.”
Neville has established himself as the UK’s most well-respected pundit with his forthright views and detailed analysis on Sky Sports over the last seven years, though he will be returning to the broadcaster which gave him his TV punditry debut.
After missing the 2002 World Cup with injury, ITV signed up Neville to be one of its main studio pundits for that tournament.
Full details of the BBC and ITV’s 2018 FIFA World Cupmatch schedule will be confirmed shortly after the group stage draw is made in December.