ITV has named its World Cup squad for Brazil and plans for covering the tournament, with a stellar on-screen line up packed with football’s big names ready for kick-off on 12 June 2014.
Joining presenter Adrian Chiles on the plane to Brazil to lend their experience and expertise to ITV’s tournament coverage will be regular pundit Lee Dixon as well as Sunderland manager and former Uruguay international Gus Poyet, Scotland manager Gordon Strachan, former England international Ian Wright, World Cup winners Patrick Vieira and Fabio Cannavaro, former England manager Glenn Hoddle, Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and Andros Townsend, star of England’s World Cup qualifying run, whose bid to play at the tournament was sadly ended through injury.
ITV is looking forward to bringing viewers a carnival of football with all the action, drama, colour and atmosphere from across Brazil. Reporter Gabriel Clarke, presenter Matt Smith, commentators Clive Tyldesley and Sam Matterface as well as co-commentators Andy Townsend and Clarke Carlisle will also be on the ground and in the stadia in Brazil throughout the tournament.
ITV will have a studio base in Rio de Janeiro to bring home to viewers the impact of the tournament from one of Brazil's iconic cities, but the team will criss cross the vast expanse of the country to deliver build-up, live coverage and analysis of some games from in and around the stadia in the various tournament locations to give viewers a taste of the rich diversity of the country.