But Kompany was nowhere to be seen when England thrashed Iran 6-2, with visa issues thought to be behind his absence.
Vincent Kompany (pictured) missed the start of the Qatar World Cup due to a visa blunder
The Manchester City legend was due to be in Qatar as part of the BBC’s coverage but was nowhere to be seen in the punditry team (above) when England beat Iran 6-2 on Monday
A problem with the digital system of the visa headshot triggered a problem, which grounded the ex-Belgium centre-half.
However, Kompany, 36, has now been given the green light and is expected to take up his role as part of the BBC’s team shortly.
Regardless, the matter will leave Beeb bosses red-faced.