ITV's Mark Pougatch left facing 'travel chaos' in Germany ahead of England game

ITV's Mark Pougatch
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Mark Pougatch was left facing a race against time to get to the England match on Tuesday, with the sports presenter hit by 'travel chaos' over in Germany.

After BBC had the rights for England's opening matches in Euro 2024, ITV are picking up the baton for the Three Lion's last group game against Slovenia, meaning it will be Mark and not Gary Lineker, who will be at the helm as Gareth Southgate's team aim to top the standings and a\void a last 16 clash with Germany.

Mark is set to be joined in the ITV studio on Tuesday night by a punditry team made up of Ian Wright, Roy Keane, Gary Neville and Ange Postecoglou, with the Spurs manager joining the broadcaster, following the sudden exit of Sheffield Wednesday boss Danny Rohl, who stepped down from the Euros to go back to the UK for pre-season build up.

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While Mark was expected to be on set in Cologne in time for the 8pm kick off for England v Slovenia, his journey there has been far from smooth. The issues started for the host on Monday afternoon when his train from Stuggart from Berlin was 25 minutes late, before coming to a stop to 'recharge the battery.

Mark told his many followers on X that he was being fed and watered by the women sat next to him, before offering a further far from encouraging update when he posted: "We are now terminating in Leipzig and have to find another train for Berlin. This is quite entertainingly shambolic in a very pleasant, polite Teutonic way but I will miss the ladies who are feeding and watering me like a lost ten year old."

He then added: "My new friends say the platform at Leipzig will be chaos because of the Fussball fans. We may be going rogue. Still have 27 hours till we’re on air for England. Even money we make it," before then revealing that he'd 'given up' on the train at Leipzeig and, signing off, wrote: "Autobahn it is to Berlin."

ITV's coverage of England v Slovenia began at 6.45pm, with match commentary from Sam Matterface and Lee Dixon, with Mark also set to cross over to colleagues Laura Woods and Karen Carney, for pitch side insights.