Former England international Alex Scott says he “absolutely” wants to take over as the show’s presenter.

Scott joined A Question Of Sport in September 2003, eight years after he won the Premier League with Tottenham Hotspur.

Alongside hosts and celebrities, the show is a daily BBC One favourite, helping sport fans to take in some of the greatest moments of the modern era.

In an interview with Radio Times, Scott said he is in the “early stages” of negotiations for the role.

The journalist said: “It’s like wanting to keep your children together. There was nothing ready. But I’ve got the funny bone. A year ago, I think of people like Russell Brand. But now I’ve read that he’s got another baby.

“He was having sleepovers while I’d show up and go off. It wasn’t cool then. I shouldn’t have to do it now.

“It’s gone from 20 years to 10 now and I’m pretty chilled about it.”

A Question Of Sport host and comedian Scott, who divides his time between Glasgow and London, said he was thrilled to be in contention to take over for current host Sue Barker, who is due to retire at the end of the year.

He added: “Obviously, I do the same show as Sue so it’s very surreal to suddenly get the news that I’m due to take over.

“For a week or so, the joke was that I was a British person who was considered a potential Sue Barker replacement. And now it’s been confirmed I’m that person!”

Scott said he was “firmly convinced” that presenting the show in its new guise was the right move for him.

He said: “The whole thing is now in the hands of my agent, Charlotte. We’re going to look at all the options and try to map out the best way to move forward.

“But yes, definitely, I absolutely want to do it.”