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Pitch Perfect Punditry: The 7 Best Football Commentators on British Television

Pundits have become an ever present in English match coverage. Gone are the days where it was only Richard Keys and Andy Gray covering the game. Now there is an array of pundits with two or three covering each game.


With such a large number of pundits this list examines who the best pundits are in England.

7. Frank Lampard

The Chelsea legend has been featuring increasingly regularly on Sky Sports and BT coverage of Premier League games. It is clear from his analysis and presentation that Lampard is one of the most well educated pundits, as evident from his other career as an author of children books about football. 


The former Chelsea midfielder is able to convey his points clearly as well as offering valuable insight of the game.

6. Ian Wright

Now a regular pundit on match of the day and BT Sport, Ian Wright is a personality suited to TV. Often joking with Gary Lineker and other pundits Wright offers a more light hearted approach to punditry which can make watching his analysis more entertaining. 


The ex-Arsenal striker is also a passionate pundit. When speaking about his former teams and England it is easy to see how much Wright cares, which makes his analysis more meaningful, from a fan's perspective.

5. Rio Ferdinand

Ex-Manchester United captain - possibly turned boxer - Rio Ferdinand is a straight talking pundit. The former England international is not shy in expressing his opinion and is willing to argue against his fellow pundits. 


Ferdinand also comes across as a regular person. He does not change the way he speaks because he is on TV, which makes it easier for the people at home watching to relate to him and understand his straightforward analysis.

4. Danny Murphy

Murphy has become a regular pundit on Match of the Day and often offers in-depth analysis for some of the smaller sides in the Premier League. 


Having played for Charlton, Fulham and Blackburn Murphy has experienced being in a mid-table side as well as being in a relegation battle. His experiences make the former England midfielder better equipped than most pundits to discuss smaller teams and the challenges they face.

3. Graeme Souness

Graeme Souness enjoyed a successful playing career winning European Cups and First Division titles with Liverpool. He then went on to win both the FA Cup and the League Cup as a manager; along with titles in Scotland. 


The Scot's success as both a player and a manager means that he can offer a rare insight into both sides of the game. He is also one of the few who have played and managed abroad, successfully. This enhances his credibility.

2. Jamie Carragher

The Monday Night Football regular has cemented himself as one of the best pundits in England. Carragher is one of the funniest pundits on TV but is also astute in his analysis. His ability to mix comedy and analysis means that he is able to hold the viewer's attention and entertain as well as inform. 


Carragher is a true professional in all he does. He now comes across as a natural, but it is a result of his dedication and knowledge of the game.

1. Gary Neville

Gary Neville has become the most established pundit in England. Initially starting on Monday Night Football Neville now features regularly in the commentary gantry alongside Martin Tyler, an indication of his quality. 


The Manchester United legend is able to help viewers at home pick up on key moments in the game which they may have otherwise missed. Neville is also a pundit who speaks his mind. He does not shy away from controversy and stands by his opinions, as shown by his appearance on Arsenal Fan TV.