Alex Scott to replace Dan Walker as presenter of Football Focus

Alex Scott ‘excited and honoured’ after it is announced the former England star will become the first female presenter of Football Focus as she will replace Dan Walker from next season

  • Alex Scott will become the host of BBC show Football Focus from August 
  • She replaces Dan Walker who is stepping down after 12 years on the show 
  • Scott will therefore become the first ever female presenter on Football Focus
  • The news was announced by Walker on Saturday’s show held at Wembley

Alex Scott has officially been confirmed as the new presenter of Football Focus from next season.

The BBC lined up the former England star to replace Dan Walker, who is stepping down after 12 years on the show.

During Saturday’s show, the news was announced by Walker who said the ‘worst-kept secret in television’ was finally out.

Alex Scott will take over as presenter of Football Focus from the start of next season

She will replace Dan Walker who is stepping down as presenter of the show after 12 years

Scott, 36, will became the first female presenter that the BBC have appointed to the role.

BBC Sport posted a message from the new presenter on their official Twitter account and Scott said she will aim to bring her ‘best self’ to the Football Focus chair.

She said: ‘I just wanted to send a quick message to let you all know how excited and honoured I am to be announced as the new Football Focus host and it’s not lost on me, one bit, because I know how iconic the show is and what a big deal it is.

‘But, I would like to take a moment to thank Dan Walker for, yes, being an amazing host for all these years but I think for me, being the amazing human you are. 

‘Knowing that many years ago, telling you that I wanted to be in a position such as this and you taking the time to help me develop hone my skills, and get to this position so I will be forever grateful for that.

‘And a big thank you to all my other colleagues for their support and for you guys for sending me the messages of congratulations that you have.

The BBC’s decision means she will be the first ever female presenter of the show

Scott played for Arsenal and England before retiring and turning to media work back in 2017

‘I see them, I appreciate them and for me, it’s really humbling to read the messages of support you’ve all sent across so thank you. Now, I just need to embrace it, I hope you embrace it, I hope you stay with us and grow with us.

‘I will try to bring my best self to that Football Focus chair and we’re going to have some fun so I will see you all in August.’ 

Scott had come under fire last month when news first broke of her becoming favourite for the position.  

Sexist remarks were sent to Scott online, though the former England star was quickly supported by her peers in the industry who have worked alongside her during punditry and analyst duties. 

Sportsmail columnist Chris Sutton, who works with Scott at the BBC, described her as a great presenter.

Sutton said: ‘The BBC haven’t confirmed Alex’s appointment, but already we’ve seen an unfortunate social media backlash.

‘It doesn’t matter whether you’re male, female, have zero England caps or 100-odd. If you’re a great presenter then that’s all that matters, and Alex definitely falls into that category. If Alex gets the gig, then she gets it on merit.’ 

Gary Lineker wished Scott good luck before adding he knows nothing with no announcement made

Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker prematurely congratulated Scott on Twitter. Lineker wrote: ‘With 140 @englandlioness caps and about 350 trophies in the cabinet, I reckon you’ll do brilliantly.’

He later clarified: ‘Apparently there’s nothing official yet. Saw it was trending so may have jumped in prematurely. I know nothing.’

Scott has been a regular on Football Focus since she retired as a player in 2018 and has recently fronted the BBC’s coverage of England Women matches. 

She also has presenting experience from co-hosting The One Show, Sport Relief, Children in Need, Sports Personality of the Year and Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday. 

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