Jermaine Jenas is one England’s most recognisable footballers and a successful presenter 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, providing commentary across leading sports 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 the BBC last year.
“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.
“successful start to his punditry career… BT sport and BBC Match of the Day’s youngest pundit.”
Upon retiring from the game, Jermaine made a successful start to his punditry career in 2014. From then on, Jermaine has regularly appeared on the game’s most trusted analysis shows including Match of the Day, Football Focus, Final Score and BBC Radio 5 Live offering a fresh insight, analysis and expertise.
In addition to his work with the BBC, Jermaine works with Premier League Productions and BT Sport. Furthermore, he has worked internationally including a visit to Malaysia to work with Astro Supersport, an in house satellite television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related content 24 hours a day. Jermaine was also part of the line-up of former internationals working across the BBC’s coverage of the Euros in France. Not bad for BT sport and BBC Match of the Day’s youngest pundit.
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 with flair. The documentary, Britain’s Teenage Knife wars saw him return to his hometown Nottingham to investigate the spike in knife crime that is devastating young lives and families. He met with young men and gang members to find out why they carry knives and what is driving the brutal stabbings across the city.
“various ambassadorial roles… Bet4theBest…Jacamo…Beko”
Jermaine has also made appearances on some of the nations favourite game shows. Jermaine and his wife featured on series 7 of All Star Mr & Mrs in October 2015 winning £30,000 for their chosen charity. In the same year Jermaine also appeared on Pointless Celebrities FA Special and A Question of Sport.
In print, Jermaine writes a bi-weekly column for GQ-magazine giving his opinion on the game which is regularly picked up by other publications 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 2015, he joined the Bet4theBest team as a brand ambassador revealing his Premier League fantasy eleven. This year Jermaine’s is starring in the Jacamo, Live Your Moment summer campaign. He is also teaming up with Beko to kick off their Eat Like a Pro healthy eating initiative in the UK designed to inspire families to eat a little bit more healthily, ‘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 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.