Steve Rudge has been appointed as the BBC’s the new lead football executive.

He will replace Mark Cole – who is leaving to become head of television at Whisper Films – after the Euros.

Rudge is currently the editor of Match of the Day 2 on BBC1.

Head of TV Sport, Philip Bernie, said: “Steve has been a very impressive leading figure in the department in both radio and TV.

“I am sure he will drive our football – which is in terrific shape –  on to further success, as he also looks to develop its multi-platform impact.”