Euro 2024: BBC pundit hailed as 'best in the world' in private message from Italy centre-back

Euro 2024 pundits Gary Lineker, Danny Murphy, Micah Richards and Alan Shearer working on BBC coverage of the FA Cup semi-final between Manchester City and Liverpool at Wembley in April 2022.
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Micah Richards reluctantly revealed during the BBC's Euro 2024 coverage that he received a pre-tournament private message from Italy goalscorer Alessandro Bastoni calling him ‘the best pundit in the world’.

The former England full-back is out in Germany for Euro 2024 as part of BBC Sport’s team of pundits and joined Alan Shearer and Cesc Fabregas on duty for the Group B clash between Italy and Albania on Saturday evening.

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Steven Chicken

Steven Chicken has been working as a football writer since 2009, taking in stints with Football365 and the Huddersfield Examiner. Steven still covers Huddersfield Town home and away for his own publication, Steven is a two-time nominee for Regional Journalist of the Year at the prestigious British Sports Journalism Awards, making the shortlist in 2020 and 2023.