Former England captain Stuart Pearce is to join talkSPORT to be part of its World Cup team.

The UTV Media-owned station will broadcast every match of the tournament, which kicks off on June 12, live from Brazil.

Stuart Pearce

Stuart Pearce

Pearce, who has also managed Manchester City and the England Under-21s, joins Stan Collymore, Jim Proudfoot, Ray Parlour and David Ginola on the talkSPORT team.

Programme director Liam Fisher said: “I’ve never met anyone more patriotic and passionate about England as Stuart and there are few people with as much of an insight into the England set-up as he has. His honest and forthright punditry both for England and across the tournament will make him essential listening for any sports fan.”

Pearce added: “I’m delighted to be part of talkSPORT’s team for the World Cup and am especially looking forward to reuniting with my former teammate Stan Collymore out in Brazil. I have high hopes for England’s chances this summer and can’t wait to share all the drama from South America with talkSPORT listeners.”