Who is England ITV commentator Sam Matterface and what happened to Clive Tyldesley?

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You may have noticed a less than familiar voice on commentary during England's two Euro 2020 warm-up games over the last week on ITV.

The Three Lions were able to beat both Austria and Romania by 1-0 scorelines thanks to goals from Bukayo Saka and Marcus Rashford respectively at the Riverside Stadium.

ITV prepared their coverage for the tournament proper by hosting both games live for viewers at home.

Mark Pougatch was the main presenter, joined by pundits Roy Keane, Ian Wright and Ashley Cole for the Romania game, but it was the voice on commentary that left many people wondering who the face was behind it.

ITV's broadcast team and punditry line-up for Euro 2020
(Image: ITV Sport)

ITV announced earlier this month that their punditry team for Euro 2020 will include Sam Matterface as the lead commentator, joined by Clive Tyldesley, Joe Speight, Seb Hutchinson and Tom Gayle, supported by co-commentators Lee Dixon, Ally McCoist and John Hartson.

Who is Sam Matterface?

Matterface is a former radio presenter for BBC Radio Sport and then Capital Radio Sport. He then moved to 107.4 The Quay where he hosted their breakfast show as well as sports related programmes from between 2001-2007.

He then moved to Sky Sports News that summer, where he presented until 2010.

Sam Matterface is the lead commentator for England games on ITV this summer

He met his wife Natalie Sawyer there and they have a son together, Sawyer Matterface. The couple divorced in 2014 however and he then remarried to his current wife Stef Matterface in 2018.

He is also a well-known Chelsea fan.

What other tournaments has Matterface commentated on?

The commentator is not that new to the scene with ITV, having been with the broadcaster for several years.

As well as working with talkSPORT as their Chief Football Commentator and covering the Premier League, Matterface has also commentated on two Champions League finals, the World Cup, the FA Cup Final, the European Championship Final, and the Europa League Final.

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He has also commentated on the FA Cup, Africa Cup of Nations and Champions League football for ITV.

In 2014 he travelled to Brazil as one of three main commentators for ITV's coverage of the World Cup and the 2018 World Cup in Russia. He also commentated for ITV at the 2016 Euros in France.

What happened to Clive Tyldesley?

Tyldesley has been with ITV since way back in 1996 and became their lead football commentator in 1998 when the legendary Brian Moore retired.

Tyldesley is a much-loved commentator and will still be part of ITV's Euro 2020 coverage
(Image: Rangers FC)

Since then Tyldesley has covered four World Cups, four UEFA European Championships, 17 Champions League finals and nine FA Cup finals, winning Royal Television Society Sports Commentator of the Year in 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2005.

However in July 2020 it was announced by ITV that he had been replaced by Matterface as the senior commentator for the broadcaster.

The decision was met with anger from fans who were furious that he had been demoted, with Tyldesley himself claiming to be "upset, baffled" and "annoyed" at the decision.

ITV released a statement to confirm that he had not been sacked, but would no longer be the lead voice of their football coverage as they opted for the younger voice in Matterface and a fresh direction. for their coverage.

Since that announcement, Tyldesley has signed on with CBS Sports to cover the Champions League for the US broadcasters, while also signing on with Rangers' in-house TV station.

He will be part of ITV's commentary team for Euro 2020, but will not commentate on the final.

Whose commentary do you prefer? Matterface or Tyldesley? Tell us why below.

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