England manager Roy Hodgson is to come head-to-head with one of his most vocal recent critics, BBC presenter Gary Lineker, on Match of the Day on Saturday evening.
Hodgson will sit the other side of the coffee table from Lineker, the man who described his side’s performance against Ukraine last month as "woeful" and "awful", describing the team as playing football "from the dark ages".
The England boss will attend Manchester City’s Premier League clash with Everton on Saturday before becoming the first active England manager in history to appear as a guest on Match of the Day.
Among the critical Tweets sent by Lineker regarding Hodgson’s England side, the former skipper said: "Awful. What happens to some of these players when they pull on an England shirt?
"Even though results haven’t been great, felt tactically England were maturing, but this is a step back to the dark ages of 2 lines of 4."
He added, sarcastically: "Good result for England... Brazil, Spain, Argentina et al, you’re in big trouble!"
Hodgson has reportedly settled his differences with Lineker after having been aggrieved by his outspoken criticisms of the team.
Hodgson publicly expressed his disappointment with Lineker, saying that he was "surprised that anyone who has played for England, captained England and played in games of this nature can be that critical".
According to The Times, he followed that by making a telephone call to the former Everton and Tottenham forward to try to patch things up, before agreeing to join Lineker and Alan Shearer on the Match of the Day sofa.
Mark Cole, the BBC’s head of football, told the newspaper: "We’re delighted to have Roy in the studio and it will provide a good opportunity for the England manager to monitor so many of his squad ahead of those crucial World Cup qualifiers.
“Roy spoke to Gary after the draw in Ukraine and we’re delighted to have the two of them to discuss all of Saturday’s action and next week’s matches."