It’s now under three months before England kick off their Euro 2016 campaign against Russia in Marseille and the kits Roy Hodgson’s men will wear at this summer’s tournament have been unveiled.
The new home strip is comprised of a white shirt with blue shoulders and a blue stripe down the side. The shorts are also white but the socks are red - does that work?
The away strip features a red shirt with a blue stripe down the side, red shorts and blue socks.
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However, any England fans hoping to buy either the home or away strip will need to dig deep into their pockets.
According to the Daily Mail, either of the full kits will set you back £101. The shirt on its own is £60, the shorts cost £28, while even the socks are £13.
Raheem Sterling is impressed
But judging by the comments of Manchester City and England winger Raheem Sterling, the new shirts - which are ’10% lighter, boast 50% more stretch, wick sweat 20% quicker and dry 25% faster than Nike’s most recent football kits’ - are worth the money.
“The kit feels light and fits nicely. It’s always an honour to put on an England shirt but this one makes you really feel fast and speed is a massive thing in football,” Sterling told the Football Association’s official website.
Nike creative director Martin Lotti, meanwhile, commented: “For both kits we set out with the goal of bringing together the colours that are synonymous with English football: white, red and blue – flashes of contrast are used to illustrate innovative details such as the cross-dyed knitted sleeves and the ventilation-enhancing stripe on the sides of the shirts and shorts.”
Honouring the 50th anniversary of England’s 1966 World Cup final victory at Wembley, Lotti added: “England have had great moments in red over the years – one in particular – and our design team have risen to the challenge of integrating references to England’s footballing history with a future-forward system of performance apparel.”
England joint-fourth favourites for Euro 2016
England qualified for Euro 2016 with 10 wins out of 10 and are currently the bookmakers’ joint-fourth favourites to win the tournament alongside Belgium and behind Germany, France and Spain.
As well as Russia, England will also take on Slovakia and British rivals Wales in their Euro 2016 group.
The tournament begins on June 10, with the final taking place in Paris exactly a month later.
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