England’s new kit has been revealed by Jack Wilshere ahead of International friendly matches which begin later this month.
The Three Lions on May 29th against Republic of Ireland will sport the kit for the first time, before being shown again against Brazil in another Friendly Match.
England’s new kit makers Nike have taken over from the UK based Umbro in a lucrative deal which was announced in September of 2012. The deal brought to an end a lengthy association between Umbro and the England national football team, which lasted for six decades.
The FA announced when the deal with Nike went public that it represented a “substantial investment” which would be pumped into the English game at all levels.
The kit is embroiled with a special badge to mark the FA’s 150-year anniversary, and the kit’s round neck is one that resembles some famous old strips.
The first picture of the kit was tweeted by Jack Wilshere in which a student at the Arsenal midfielder’s old school is seen to be donning the new strip. The message read: “Like this kid, my England dream began here, so he was first in #theshirt – England’s new kit from @NikeFootball”.
Fan reaction was mixed as many disliked the black collar saying it looked too much like the old Germany kit of the 1974 World Cup. However, the new kit was also praised for its simplistic and “back-to-basics” style.
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