Who are the BBC commentators for Japan vs Croatia at World Cup 2022?

Who are the BBC commentators for Japan vs Croatia at World Cup 2022? Japan's midfielder #08 Ritsu Doan warms up with teammates ahead of the start of the Qatar 2022 World Cup round of 16 football match between Japan and Croatia at the Al-Janoub Stadium in Al-Wakrah, south of Doha on December 5, 2022.
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If you're watching the World Cup 2022 game between the Argentina and Australia and are wondering who the BBC commentators are, we've got you covered.

Guy Mowbray and Jermaine Jenas are behind the mic for this last-16 clash.

Mowbray primarily appears on the BBC and BT Sport. While working for Eurosport at the 1998 World Cup, he became the youngest-ever television commentator on a World Cup Final at the age of just 26. Mowbray has been the primary BBC commentator since 2010.

Jenas made over 270 Premier League appearances in his career before turning to punditry and presenting as a regular on BT Sport and the BBC. A regular pundit on Match of the Day, he also began co-presenting The One Show for the BBC in 2020.

Gary Lineker presents this one, with punditry coming from Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand and Ashley Williams.

The big man is back in the anchor seat for a sixth time. Gary Lineker is now a legend of broadcasting as well as football, with 48 goals for England putting him fourth on the all-time list, behind Sir Bobby Charlton, Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane. He's England's top scorer in World Cup football with 10 goals, with small part of him no doubt hoping that Harry Kane (on six) doesn't quite break that record this time around.

Linksy is the main presenter and will be present for all England games, plus the final (which may not be mutually exclusive).

With 260 goals, Alan Shearer has scored more Premier League goals than anyone else. The former striker scooped the Golden Boot at Euro 96 on home turf and netted 30 goals in just 63 appearances for England before turning to punditry from the 2006 World Cup onwards. Shearer exclusively works on the BBC.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest English defenders of all time, Rio Ferdinand played 81 times for England and was a member of three FIFA World Cup squads. He also won six Premier League titles with Manchester United and captained the Red Devils to the 2008 Champions League. He is most commonly seen on BT Sport as a pundit these days but appears on the BBC during international tournaments. 

Ashley Williams managed over 300 appearances for Swansea City, leading the club to two promotions and the 2013 League Cup before stints at Everton, Stoke and Bristol City. Williams made 86 appearances for Wales, captaining the Dragons at Euro 2016 before turning to punditry in retirement. He is an occasional pundit on Match of the Day

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Ben Hayward is Weekend Editor for FourFourTwo. A European football writer with over 15 years’ experience, he has covered games all over the world - including three World Cups, several Champions League finals, Euros, Copa América - and has spent much of that time in Spain. He currently divides his time between Barcelona and London.