Match of the Day host Gary Lineker has praised Rio Ferdinand, Gary Neville, and Jamie Carragher, among others, for the punditry work they do.

Lineker has worked with some of the best pundits in the game as he also fronts BT Sport’s coverage of the Champions League.

The England legend worked as a pundit himself on Match of the Day before taking over as host in 1999, replacing Des Lynam.

And he knows just how much work goes into analysing a match for pundits, praising Ian Wright and Danny Murphy for their work, with fans wanting technical insights.

Match of the Day host Gary Lineker has worked with some of the best pundits in the game
Match of the Day host Gary Lineker has worked with some of the best pundits in the game

“Alan Hansen was the first really to do that,” Lineker told The Times.

“There’s so many times I sat next to Alan Hansen, when he was talking about defending, what they’re doing wrong or doing right, and I used to go, ‘Oh, yeah, I didn’t realise that.’ Hansen was the one who carved the way that many pundits have followed.

Sky Sports pundits Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher often earn plaudits for their work
Sky Sports pundits Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher often earn plaudits for their work

“There’s loads of great pundits out there. Danny Murphy is really good. Outside of the BBC, I’ve worked with Rio [Ferdinand at BT Sport], who’s brilliant. Like Wrighty, he’s got that great charisma about him, likeability, as well as really getting the game.

“From Sky, obviously, Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher are very good. They do the analytical side excellently.

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"They have time. They can spend ten minutes breaking down a corner kick on a Monday evening.

“Punditry’s immensely competitive. If you go into TV punditry now you can’t be lazy, or clichéd because you won’t last.

“You’ve really got to work at it. Go back 10 or 20 years and you could come into TV and blag it. Not now.”