'They're grown men' Danny Murphy channels his inner Mark Lawrenson with Italy quip

Former England and Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy
Former England and Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy (Image credit: Getty Images)

The role of the co-commentator can be a tricky one. Whereas the lead commentator has the responsibility of describing the action, perhaps capturing the passion and excitement of a game, co-commentary duty involves adding colour, depth or analysis off the cuff, without any real time to gather your thoughts. 

Euro 2024 has a range of different personalities across the BBC and ITV on co-commentator duties, from the infectious enthusiasm and ad hoc history lessons from Ally McCoist to the bright and articulate musings of a player still performing at the top level in Andros Townsend

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Joe Mewis

For more than a decade Joe Mewis has worked in football journalism as a reporter and editor, with stints at Mirror Football and LeedsLive among others. He is the author of four football history books that include times on Leeds United and the England national team.