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England set to agree Nike deal

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England are reportedly set to agree a deal with Nike to become their official kit provider, ending a long association with current manufacturer Umbro.

According to the Daily Mail, Nike are likely to launch the new England away shirt next year during the annual spring kit change, despite Umbro's contract running until 2018.

Umbro, who have provided England's kit for over 50 years, have a deal worth £20 million-a-year but the Football Association are ready to terminate this agreement in favour of a deal with Nike.

The American sportswear giant bought Umbro for £285 million in 2007 but have recently announced plans to sell them and, it would appear, will also soon replace them as England's kit provider.

This is not the first occasion that Nike have gazumped Umbro in recent months, with reports also claiming the former have convinced Manchester City to tear up their contract with the English company.

City signed a ten-year deal with Umbro only three years ago, but will change to Nike from next season.

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