New England home kit launched by Umbro

Posted by - September 1, 2010 - England, Kitman

Kit’s that time again

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.

The England team will wear the kit for Friday’s match against Bulgaria at Wembley ahead of a October 12 launch.

What do you reckon?

  • VanCanToonFan

    It’s hard to tell for sure from the small group pic or the white top on the white dummy, but it seems to be a V-neck, no? And does it have button up the chest? Will need to see it in more detail to decide for sure if I like it, but the involvement of graphic design legend Peter Saville can only be considered a good thing.

  • OmegaSupreme

    Blue shorts, that’s how it should be. Quarter finals here we come !

  • bilby

    Wot, no red?