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ITV Adds Former ManU Defender Gary Neville To B'cast Team For 2018 World Cup

ITV "made a statement of intent ahead of the 2018 World Cup by adding Gary Neville" to its punditry team for the tournament, according to Charlie Ecclestone of the London TELEGRAPH. The former England and ManU defender "has established himself" as the U.K.'s "most well-respected pundit with his forthright views and detailed analysis" on Sky Sports. Neville, who played in the 1998 and 2006 World Cups, will join ITV's main football presenter, Mark Pougatch, in Russia, along with a team of fellow pundits including his former ManU teammate Ryan Giggs, Ian Wright and Lee Dixon. The deal to work for ITV during the World Cup "was made in agreement with Sky Sports," which has agreed to let Neville "work elsewhere" during the EPL offseason. ITV's full World Cup lineup "will be announced closer to the tournament" (TELEGRAPH, 11/16).