The new England kit was always going to have to work very hard to impress OTP since we are still in love with the last one (despite the on-field disappointment). While it doesn’t offend us it doesn’t quite have the appeal of its predecessor either.
Fair play to Umbro for not leaving themselves open to any Nike-esque embarrassment caused by Fabio Capello’s squad selection. They have picked a diverse and futuristic bunch to launch the new kit under the New Fabric of England slogan.
In case you are wondering who one or two (or five) are, it is: (Top row, left to right): Joe Hart, Adam Johnson, Eric Dier, Jade Bailey, Saido Berahino, Thomas Cruise; Bottom row: Jack Wilshere, Fern Whelan, Wayne Rooney, Connor Wickham, Theo Walcott)
The most distinguishing feature of the new kit are the shunning of the polo shirt style collar in favour of roundneck not dissimilar to those sported by Chelsea. And Chelsea might have provided some inspiration in the shorts department too.
The white and navy shorts of recent kits are gone in favour of a bright blue colour not seen in an England home kit since the Admiral effort of 1983.
The shirt also features a pattern of multi-coloured mini St George’s crosses on the shoulder designed by Factory Records sleeve designer Peter Saville.
What do you reckon?