Who are the ITV commentators for Germany v Japan at World Cup 2022?

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If you're watching the World Cup 2022 game between Germany and Japan and are wondering who the ITV commentators are, we've got you covered.

Sam Matterface is the is the main commentator for the Germany v Japan live stream with Ally McCoist joining him on co-commentary. 

Sam Matterface is the lead commentator of ITV and became the main commentator for England games back in 2020. He has previously worked on TalkSport and was a presenter of Sky Sports News for three years. 

Ally McCoist is a much-loved pundit and commentator who regularly appears on ITV, TalkSport, Amazon Prime and BT Sport. He scored over 350 goals for Rangers and 19 for Scotland – and is well-loved for his sense of humour, bright outlook and historical one-liners during co-comm stints. 

In the studio, Mark Pougatch is on presenting duties with Roy Keane, Ian Wright and Karen Carney providing expert insight. 

Former BBC 5 Live fixture Pougatch moved to ITV in 2015 and will be the lead anchor for his third World Cup when he fronts the channel's coverage in Qatar. Pougatch has fronted ITV's coverage of the Six Nations Rugby Championship along with BT's BT Sport Score show, too.

Roy Keane was captain of Manchester United and won seven Premier League titles in just 12 seasons at Old Trafford. The only World Cup that Keane went to was USA 1994: the Irishman infamously left the camp ahead of the 2002 tournament after an argument with manager Mick McCarthy. 

Keane is a regular on Sky Sports and known for his dry humour, grumpy demeanour and passionate analysis. He has sporadically appeared on ITV tournament and Champions League coverage over the years, despite once claiming, "Any time I watch a game on television I have to turn the commentators off."

Beloved former striker Ian Wright was Arsenal's record scorer until his record was surpassed by Thierry Henry in 2005. He also played for the likes of Celtic, West Ham United and Burnley – and famously only turned professional in his early 20s after being a bricklayer prior to getting his chance in football. 

Since retiring as a player, Wright has appeared on ITV, BBC, Sky and BT Sport, most recently being a pundit during the Women's Euro 2022. 

Karen Carney won twelve trophies in her career and played 144 times for her country. She was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2021 and was twice FA International Young Player of the Year, in 2005 and 2006.

As a pundit, Carney has worked on BT Sport, Sky Sports, Amazon Prime and the BBC. She is currently most often seen on Sky's coverage of the WSL. 

The broadcasting of the World Cup fixtures are being split between BBC and ITV in the UK, with Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand and Vincent Kompany among the BBC pundits.

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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.