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Jermaine Jenas is one England’s most recognisable footballers and a successful broadcaster and football pundit. During his football career, Jermaine played in the Premier League and represented England through the age groups before making his first team debut in 2003. Since retiring from the game, Jermaine has established himself as a respected pundit for BBC and BT Sport, providing commentary and thoughtful analysis for both channels, at home and internationally. Jermaine has also undertaken successful ventures outside of football, including co-founding a hugely important foundation working in education, and presenting a hard-hitting documentary on knife crime for BBC Three in 2017.
“Jermaine represented his country on 21 occasions including part of the 2006 World Cup Squad,”
Jermaine started his football career at his hometown club Nottingham Forest; making his senior debut in 2000. His performances and undoubted potential earned him a £5 million move to Newcastle United as an 18-year-old in 2002. He spent three seasons at St. James’ Park, during which he won the PFA Young Player of the Year Award in 2003, before securing a £7million transfer to Tottenham Hotspur in 2005. While at Tottenham, Jermaine played an integral role in the side that won the Carling Cup in 2008, and in the same year was named as the club’s new vice-captain.
Following a loan spell at Aston Villa, and a brief return to Nottingham Forest, Jermaine signed for Queens Park Rangers under former manager Harry Redknapp, in January 2013. A full England International since 2003, Jermaine represented his country on 21 occasions including part of the 2006 World Cup Squad, and scored the first England goal of Fabio Capello’s tenure as manager, in a 2-1 victory over Switzerland at Wembley Stadium.
“Jermaine has risen through the ranks to become one of the most respected pundits of the game.”
Upon retiring from injury, Jermaine made a successful start to his punditry career in 2014. Jermaine has risen through the ranks to become one of the most respected pundits of the game, co-hosting the Friday Football Social for BBC Radio 5 Live alongside Darren Fletcher – which has been nominated twice for an AFA Award. Also appearing weekly on BT Sport’s The Score, BBC’s Football Focus as well as the accolade of Match Of The Day’s youngest ever pundit. Covering some of the biggest tournaments and games, Jermaine formed part of the BBC’s coverage of the Euros in France in 2016 and most recently the BBC’s World Cup coverage live from Russia. A supporter and champion of women’s football, Jermaine also joined Clare Balding for Channel 4’s coverage of the Women’s Euros in 2017.
In addition to his work with the BBC and BT Sport, Jermaine also works with International broadcasters such as Premier League Productions, Astro Supersport and Pyramids TV.
Jermaine’s skill in front of a camera is not limited to discussing football. His documentary in 2017 with BBC Three proved he can tackle one of the country’s most pressing issues amongst young people. The documentary, Britain’s Teenage Knife Wars saw him return to his hometown Nottingham to investigate the spike in knife crime devastating young lives and families. The documentary received critical acclaim and nearly 4 million views online and on the BBC One repeat.
“Various ambassadorial roles… Jacamo…Beko…Tag Heuer”
In print, Jermaine writes a bi-weekly column for the Mail on Sunday and GQ.co.uk giving his opinion on the game which is regularly picked up by other outlets and shared extensively on social media due to its articulate and thoughtful content.
“Jermaine co- founded Aquinas Education and Aquinas Foundation…the UK’s fasted growing recruitment agency”
Jermaine has also undertaken various ambassadorial roles. In 2018 Jermaine starred in the Jacamo, Live Your Moment summer World Cup TV ad campaign alongside musician Wretch 32 and Surfer Joss Ash. A passionate cook, he also teamed up with Beko to kick off their Eat Like a Pro healthy eating initiative in the UK: “As a former footballer, healthy eating has always been really important to my lifestyle and it continues to be. As a dad of three daughters and the main cook in the house, I’m committed to ensuring that my girls are always getting the goodness they need. I am pleased to be part of a campaign that not only tackles such a massive global issue but uses football to inspire the next generation”. Jermaine also joined Jacamo for their ‘mancation’ Christmas trip in December 2018. Jermaine also worked with Premier League sponsor, Tag Heuer on various events across the country for their Don’t Break Under pressure campaign.
Jermaine co- founded Aquinas Education and Aquinas Foundation. Aquinas is the UK’s fastest growing recruitment agency, specialising in security cleared and teaching jobs working with schools and playgroups. The Aquinas Foundation has a variety of programmes for schools to help tackle areas of concern such as truancy, punctuality and youth crime. Education is a huge passion and priority for Jermaine.