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Here's Your RTE And ITV Punditry Line-Ups For Tonight's Semi-Final

Here's Your RTE And ITV Punditry Line-Ups For Tonight's Semi-Final
By Gavin Cooney
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England's extradition of football is looking increasingly, frighteningly plausible. Tonight Albion face Croatia for a place in a World Cup final, leaving Irish fans to decide whether to support the players we support between August and May every year.

A corollary of this inner conflict will be the choice of channel for the game: do you go with ITV, the station whose job it is to pander to English audiences and service the optimism and the positivity and the vibes; or is it RTE, who -Eamon Dunphy's fandom notwithstanding - are more likely to exult in a Croatian win?

The choice of channel is a fierce ideological divide for Irish viewers, but we are here to help it somewhat: here are the punditry lineups on the respective broadcasters.

England/Croatia Pundits 



Coverage is fronted by Darragh Maloney, featuring two of the extant amigos, Liam Brady and Eamon Dunphy. They will be joined on the panel by Damien Duff, who is probably considered by now as the full-time replacement for John Giles. Your commentators are George Hamilton and Ray Houghton. RTE's coverage begins at 6pm.


As for ITV...Mark Pougatch is their anchor, although they have balanced out their traditionally all-English panel. Roy Keane will be there, alongside Lee Dixon, Gary Neville and Ian Wright. They haven't flushed Ryan Giggs just yet: the Wales boss will be providing a bit of pitchside 'insight' alongside Jacqui Oatley. Surprisingly, this is the role Slaven Bilic finds himself in, despite being a)one of their best pundits and b)Croatian. Glenn Hoddle, meanwhile, will be alongside Clive Tyldesley in the commentary box.


ITV's coverage also kicks off at 6.

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