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Former England soccer captain Alan Shearer extends contract with BBC

MUMBAI: BBC has announced that former England captain and Premier League all-time record goalscorer Alan Shearer has extended his contract with the organisation until 2020.

Shearer has proved popular with audiences as part of the BBC’s football coverage, establishing himself as a regular pundit on Match of the Day, MotD2 and the live FA Cup coverage. Nominated as RTS pundit of the year in 2015, he is also part of the Match of The Day team that was awarded best sports programme at this year’s TRIC Awards.

This summer, Shearer will feature as a key member of the BBC’s presentation team at UEFA Euro 2016 in France, and fronts a deeply personal BBC One documentary reflecting on 20 years since Euro 96, the defining moment in his England career.

Shearer said, “I’m loving my broadcasting work with the BBC and I’m excited to continue my role working across its wide range of football coverage. I’m relishing working with some of my former teammates and the different experience football brings as a pundit rather than a player. Twenty years on from Euro 96, I’m looking forward to sharing my international experience and analysis at this summer’s Euros and watching some of the best players the world has to offer on football’s biggest stage.”

The BBC head of TV sport Philip Bernie said, “Alan is a football great. His knowledge and experience of the game on a domestic and international stage bring huge authority and special insight, and he’s made himself one of the very best pundits in the business. Alan will feature prominently on our extensive football portfolio with the Premier League, FA Cup, European Championships and World Cup. Alan will continue to thrive alongside a stellar cast of presenters and pundits across our football output.”

BBC Sport will broadcast 26 games during Euro 2016, including the stand-out match of the group stage as England play Wales on Thursday 16 June.

MotD will capture the end to the Premier League season, while there will be live coverage on BBC One of Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final between Everton and Manchester United, along with the final on 21 May.