Gary Lineker to stay as BBC Match of the Day host

Gary Lineker
Match of the Day celebrated its 50th anniversary last season

Former England captain Gary Lineker has signed a new five-year contract as host of the BBC's Match of the Day.

The 54-year-old former Leicester, Everton, Barcelona and Tottenham striker first presented the iconic football highlights programme in 1999.

"I'm thrilled that my relationship with the BBC has been renewed," said Lineker, who will also continue to host Sports Personality of the Year.

The BBC has renewed its deal to show Premier League highlights until 2019.

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