England will look to continue their run of impressive performances at major tournaments when they travel to Qatar for the 2022 World Cup this winter.
For all the criticism that has been thrown in Gareth Southgate’s direction over the course of the summer’s UEFA Nations League fixtures, there’s no denying that he boasts a stellar record when it comes to the competitions that matter most.
The waistcoat-clad coach is the second-most successful manager in the history of the England men’s senior team, inspiring the Three Lions to within a whisker of their first major honour since the 1966 World Cup.
England prepare for Qatar
And when it came to Southgate’s one and only World Cup as England boss so far, he also delivered a summer to remember with a young, plucky and courageous side battling their way to the semi-finals.
Yes, there was no trophy to hold aloft and celebrate on the back of either tournament, but both results nevertheless represented an over-performance from a national team that has disappointed time and time again in the 21st century.
And slowly but surely, we’re heading towards that golden month in the footballing calendar once again with England now less than 150 days away from getting their World Cup underway with a clash against Iran.
Between now and then, there will be a great deal of speculation surrounding who will feature in the England XI, who will make the squad in the first place, how far Southgate will take the team and whether, most importantly of all, it’s coming home or not.
England’s World Cup kit
Well, you’ll have to wait and see for the answers to those questions, but one of the few queries that we can answer about England at the 2022 World Cup already is what their home kit will look like.
The Three Lions have always taken to each major tournament with a reinvention of the classic white home strip in the modern era and the tournament in Qatar will be no different with Nike rustling up their latest reimagining of the timeless design.
And through the kit experts over at Footy Headlines, we’ve been able to follow the rumour mill surrounding England’s new jersey every step of the way with the first photograph finally making it out.
First picture of England’s home kit
The early murmurs had always suggested that the shirt would incorporate blue more than its predecessors with one projection from April suggesting that it could be one of the boldest designs in England history.
And while the leaked photo suggests that it’s not as loud as first anticipated, everything points towards it still ranking as one of the most divisive – if not simply disliked – kits on display at the 2022 World Cup.
However, before we unpack why exactly that might be the case, be sure to check out the leaks of England’s World Cup kit with your own eyes first:
England’s World Cup kit…. Not bad. But the women’s one is clear imo pic.twitter.com/LMpMIOUKVe— Kamal (@LumpOfCFC) July 9, 2022
💣💣💣 𝐁𝐑𝐄𝐀𝐊𝐈𝐍𝐆: England 2022 World Cup Home Kit Leaked: https://t.co/WmjFfxx1tL— Footy Headlines (@Footy_Headlines) July 9, 2022
Leaked England kit for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.— Universal Football (@UniversalFTBL) July 9, 2022
Thoughts? 🏴🤔 pic.twitter.com/LzGxIWwtmd
Are you ready to part with your cash or is not tickling your fancy?
We’re not a fan…
In the interest of transparency, your humble GIVEMESPORT writer really isn’t a fan and would go as far as saying that it’s one of my least favourite England home kits of all time based on the evidence so far.
If anything, yours truly actually preferred the projected design where the blue effects married much more seamlessly to the white torso compared to the clunky-looking final product’s lack of interaction between the main body and blue-splashed shoulders.
The texturing itself looks slightly cheap to my taste, too; plus I’m happy to hold my hands up and say that more blue-oriented England kits tend not to excite me anyway with the 2010-2012 release also ranking amongst my least favourite.
And the general consensus seems to be one of negativity also with plenty of England fans, as well as neutral supporters, expressing their discontent with the leaked photo on Twitter. Check out the reaction:
Fair play, Nike
Now, look, the business of ranking, rating and judging football kits is ultimately completely subjective and we don’t doubt for a second that Nike’s new, blue design will have plenty of admirers.
And kudos to the team of individuals infinitely more talented than me who have come up with the design because it’s in being bold and different that some of the best shirts of all time are born.
Plus, I’ll happily bang the drum that Nike have produced some of the greatest England jerseys in history with the current home shirt sported at Euro 2020 placing as high as fourth in my all-time rankings.
It just so happens that, from what we know hitherto, the upcoming 2022 World Cup shirt doesn’t particularly float my boat and to my taste, looks set to place amongst the tournament’s worst alongside Portugal’s upcoming half-and-half design.
Actually, having just written that, it’s still definitely better than the Portugal shirt…