The first official sighting of the new kit came via a picture posted on Twitter by Jack Wilshere. The England midfielder returned to his former school and attended a training session at The Priory School in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, where he picked out a student, Jason Kelly (featured in the photo below), to wear and reveal the new shirt to the world for the first time.
“This is where my dream of playing for England started and it’s great to be back here to see a new generation playing with the same passion,” Wilshere said. “I gave Jason the shirt because his commitment and work-rate really impressed me today, he showed that it’s what you do on the pitch that matters — from your first match as a nine year-old all the way up to the international stage.”
The plain design has already drawn comparison with Germany kits from the 1960’s and 70’s. Early fan reaction was mixed at the unveiling with many commenting on Twitter that the kit looked too German with its very dark collar, but there was also praise for the simple design.
On their website Nike explain the ideas behind the design.
“A clean, distinctive design takes the kit back to its roots with its traditional colours of white and dark blue to celebrate the Football Association’s 150th anniversary. The iconic three lions crest was prominently featured in dark blue on the team’s first kit, and once again, the crest is the proud focus – now with a gold border, a gold star above it signifying England’s World Cup win, and a gold ribbon graphic below inscribed with “150 years” and the dates 1863 and 2013, marking the Football Association’s anniversary.
The blue on the new kit is the same dark blue colour that featured on England’s first kit. Embodying the clean lines and understated style of the best of English fashion, the white shirt features a dark blue classic crew neck collar; while two side vents on the hem of the shirt subtly feature the St George’s cross. The shorts are entirely dark blue and the socks are white with a thin dark blue band at the top.
The kit showcases Nike’s belief in style, craft and pride while aiding the performance of players with key technological features.”
So that’s Nike’s thinking behind the controversial design…but what do you think? Comments welcome below.
The new kit will make its first appearance in the friendly game with the Republic of Ireland on May 29th 2013.
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