If you’re watching the World Cup 2022 (opens in new tab) semi-final between France and Morocco and are wondering who the BBC commentators (opens in new tab) are, we’ve got you covered.
Steve Wilson and Danny Murphy are behind the mic for this game, which will decide who faces Argentina in Sunday’s final.
Steve Wilson has been an integral BBC commentator and significant Match of the Day commentator for the last two decades, joining the network in 1998.
Danny Murphy is a regular analyst on the BBC programme Match 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 presenting the coverage; he’s joined by pundits Rio Ferdinand, Didier Drogba and Alan Shearer.
Gary Lineker is now a legend of 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 World Cup football with 10 goals, with small part of him no doubt hoping that Harry Kane (on six) doesn’t quite break that record this time around.
Linksy is the main presenter and will be present for all England games, plus the final (which may not be mutually exclusive).
Widely regarded as one of the greatest English defenders of all time, Rio Ferdinand played 81 times for England and was a member of three FIFA World Cup squads. He also won six Premier League titles with Manchester United and captained the Red Devils to the 2008 Champions League. He is most commonly seen on BT Sport as a pundit these days but appears on the BBC during international tournaments.
Didier Drogba is the all-time top scorer and former captain of the Ivory Coast national team, having earned 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, guesting at the 2018 World Cup.
With 260 goals, Alan Shearer has scored more Premier League goals than anyone else. The former striker scooped the Golden Boot at Euro 96 on home turf and netted 30 goals in just 63 appearances for England before turning to punditry from the 2006 World Cup onwards. Shearer exclusively works on the BBC.