England and Chelsea Ladies striker Eniola Aluko made history at the weekend by becoming Match of the Day’s first female footballer pundit – albeit on Sunday’s MOTD2 Extra programme.
The 27-year-old, who has 26 goals in 83 caps for the Three Lionesses, appeared alongside Mark Chapman, John Motson and Kevin Kilbane on the show.
Among many discussions, she gave an forthright opinion on England and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney’s foolish dismissal against West Ham.
Aluko said: ‘There were four recovering defenders, there was no need for him to make that foul.
‘It was very reckless, there was no need for him to lash out like that. If you think of professional fouls, I’ve always been taught it should be discreet.
Your teammates clap and say you stopped a counter attack.
‘The problem was it was too violent. Diafra Sakho did a similar foul and only got a yellow card because it was more discreet.
‘Rooney will be relieved they’ve won the game because he could have cost his team three points.’
Aluko represented Great Britain at the London Olympics and has also reached the World Cup quarter-finals twice.
After making a good impression, hopefully a precedent has been set for more female footballers working as pundits on TV coverage in the future.