World Cup of Pundits Group A vote open as Gary Neville and Michael Owen face off

The World Cup of Pundits is underway and we've got a helluva opener for you.

Group A is a belter and promises to be an extremely close affair.

We've got outspoken former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan, ex-Liverpool wonderkid Michael Owen, Paul 'Merse' Merson and last year's beaten semi-finalist Gary Neville.

It promises to be a tight affair with all four pundits known for their forthright views.

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Simon Jordan

Ex-Palace owner Jordan certainly speaks his mind.

A regular feature on talkSPORT, Jordan has laid into "fool" Wayne Rooney over his decision to quit as Derby boss and "arrogant" Nick Kyrgios after the tennis star admitted spitting towards some Wimbledon spectators – and those are only in the last week!

Appearing on White and Jordan on talkSPORT Mondays to Fridays, Jordan has made a reputation for himself as a straight-talking, no-nonsense pundit who never pulls his punches.

One of his most memorable moments this year came when he branded Manchester United CEO Richard Arnold a "gormless buffoon" after he was secretly filmed having a pint and a chat with disgruntled fans. Ouch!

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Michael Owen

Former wonderkid Owen can boast plenty of World Cup pedigree – who can forget that goal against Argentina – and is set to join daughter Gemma in going up for the public vote this summer.

But the World Cup of Pundits is a totally different proposition to France '98.

Owen has put in a solid season of performances and is sure to earn his fair share of the vote – even if he has proven himself to be a total Doughnut in the last year (on the Masked Singer, at least).

He made a name for his pre-match predictions while covering Champions League and Premier League games for BT Sport last season as well as his often blunt approach.

In typical no-nonsense fashion, Owen also tackled Gemma's appearance in this year's series of Love Island straight off the bat while working at England's Nations League clash with Germany earlier this summer by insisting: "It’s probably a father’s worst nightmare, but whatever she wants to do. You've got to be supportive."

And he didn't beat around the bush when calling out Manchester United's isolation of Cristiano Ronaldo after their 1-1 draw with Chelsea in November either – calling the Red Devil's treatment of their star forward "abuse".

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Paul Merson

He's one of our own! Paul Merson more than deserves to be included in this year's World Cup of Pundits, even if only for his stellar Daily Star columns…

Merse displays his deep knowledge of the beautiful game through his regular appearances on Sky Sports Soccer Saturday as well – and is often one of the best-spoken pundits on the show.

The summer break has given the former Arsenal star no reason to let up and he's already told Antonio Conte he has "Zilcho" chance of winning the Champions League with Spurs next season as well as warning Chelsea fans of the perils of having an American billionaire owner, just as his beloved Gunners do.

Merse's footballing knowledge is obvious and he comes into his own alongside Jeff Stelling and the Soccer Saturday team with his forthright approach to debates.

He accused Tottenham of being a "one-man team" due to their reliance on Harry Kane last season – getting into quite the argument with Clinton Morrison over the matter.

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Gary Neville

A firm favourite in the Sky Sports studios, Neville's insight is definitely up there with the best.

Neville's tactical analysis regularly draws praise, but after watching his old club Manchester United struggle last season he also became one of the side's most vocal critics.

The former right-back went in on his former side following their embarrassing 4-0 defeat to Liverpool in April, branding the Manchester United team "a waste of space".

He also recently described United as "a graveyard for players", following on from recent criticism of the Glazers over dividend payments.

Neville's also stepped into the political sphere this year with regular criticism of Boris Johnson while also expertly shutting down Edwina Currie during a debate about Universal Credit.

Have Your Say! Which pundit should qualify from Group A? Tell us here… and don't forget to vote above.


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