Manchester City and Belgium captain Vincent Kompany is to join the BBC’s punditry team for Euro 2016.
Kompany, who has played 70 times for his country, was ruled out of the tournament with a thigh injury, but will travel to France to work with the BBC team instead.
He joins a BBC studio line-up led by Gary Lineker and including Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand, Thierry Henry and Gianluca Vialli.“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.”
Kompany will be in the studio on June 12th to see world champions Germany start their campaign against Ukraine, and he will also see Ronaldo’s entrance into the tournament, as a guest for Portugal v Austria on 14 June.
Philip Bernie, BBC Head of TV Sport, said: “We have enjoyed working with Vincent as a guest on Match Of The Day, and have been extremely impressed with the insight he offers.”
Kompany will also provide expert analysis for US broadcaster ESPN, as well as being inside the stadium for the Belgium games.