Arsenal legend to join Tottenham hero and Manchester United player…

... But Thierry Henry is no traitor as he joins Gary Lineker, Rio Ferdinand, Phil Neville, Clarence Seedorf and Alan Shearer on the BBC coverage for this summer’s World Cup.

I am a BBC fan. Give me the choice between watching a game on ITV and the Beeb and it is a no-brainer - I switch to 101 every time.

And this summer at the World Cup the BBC have secured yet another name that makes me purr with anticipation of their coverage from Brazil 2014.

The one and only Thierry Henry.

The ultra-cool Frenchman was in sizzling form whilst doing punditry for Champions League coverage on Sky recently - which reportedly started a bidding war between the two channels to get him involved for Brazil.

But he has decided to join the BBC team:

"I am delighted to be joining Gary Lineker and the rest of the BBC team for the tournament in Brazil.”

He will join former Tottenham star, Walkers crisp enthusiast and part-time golf pundit Lineker as well as former Newcastle United player and manager Shearer this evening for Match of the Day - which will act as a mini dress rehearsal ahead of the big event.

Also joining him on the BBC panel next summer will be Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand along with his coach and former Everton midfielder Phil Neville. While Clarence Seedorf, who is currently playing for Botafogo in Brazil and regular pundit Alan Hansen - both World Cup coverage veterans - will also be present.

The BBC coverage is certainly looking more laid back then what ITV will offer. Clark Carlisle will give some intelligent reading to proceedings but in dull tones. Watching Lee Dixon, Roy Keane and Gareth Southgate hissing at each other, while excited puppy Ian Wright hops around the studio, certainly sounds as depressing as it probably will be.

Add to that Andy Townsend’s misconceived style of co-commentary and Adrian Chiles barely functioning knowledge of football and constant laughing at his own painfully unfunny jokes - and ITV only have the hope of appointing Sir Alex Ferguson to a role to bring some silver lining to their coverage.

But for the BBC they have Henry - who should add a little cool to the soaring Brazilian heat.

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