Broadcaster BT Sport announced Thursday that Frank Lampard has joined the network as a football pundit and has penned Sunday’s Community Shield match between Arsenal and Chelsea as his debut.
The former Chelsea and Manchester City star will provide his expert analysis for the network’s coverage on Premier League, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and the FA Cup.
He will join the roster of BT’s prominent experts including Steven Gerrard, Paul scholes, Rio Ferdinand, Owen Hargreaves and Steve McManaman who have all won several league and European titles among themselves.
“I’m delighted to be joining BT Sport. I’m looking forward to an exciting new season both here and in Europe and can’t wait to begin working with the team.” said Lampard, who will make his debut in Sunday’s Community Shield as his beloved Blues take on Arsenal.
Lampard’s decision to go with BT was a blow for Sky Sports as the latter had made his first expert appearance on their Monday Night Football alongside Jamie Carragher last season.
His arrival had stirred wishes from BT’s own football world with presenters Gary Lineker, Jake Humphrey, Robbie Savage and the expert panel’s Gerrard and Ferdinand all welcoming him on social media.
BT Sport ran a cheeky headline that said ‘Forget Neymar to PSG…BT Sport has just secured the biggest coup of the transfer window’ as they made the announcement on their website.
Simon Green, head of BT Sport, said: “It’s no secret that Frank had many offers, both within the game and elsewhere, following his retirement, so we are absolutely thrilled that he has chosen to join the team at BT Sport.”
Lampard, who is Chelsea’s record all-time scorer with 211 goals, hung up his boots in February 2016 following a stint with New York City FC.
During his glittering playing career, which began with West Ham in 1995, he scored a total of 300 goals in 1,010 professional matches.
He scored his 211 goals for Chelsea in 649 games and also netted 29 times for his country in 106 appearances.