Euro 2016 kits: all 48 home and away shirts ranked
The groups are drawn, the schedule is decided, the venues are readied, there is little to no doubt that the 2016 European Championships are nearly upon us. Let’s celebrate this moment in the traditional style, by putting every home and away kit in entirely subjective order of merit! Resident kit-enjoyer Thom Gibbs has given his verdict. Let’s start off with something truly appalling and end in total football shirts glory. Begin!
When the Toon unite with Gooners, Kopites and fans from all over the country to support one team, England. It’s beyond powerful. It’s a movement. Your England kit binds you to that alliance of fans
New for 2016 the Nike England Football Shirt is made with sweat-wicking fabric for lightweight comfort. It benefits from Dri-FIT fabric and interior taping to keep players comfortable and ready to play at their best. Sporting a woven team crest and graphic details the England home shirt proudly celebrates the historic national team.
The polyester material of these 2016/17 England shirts is made from recycled plastic water bottles – roughly seven bottles were used to create each shirt. The aerodynamic fit has given the players enhanced movement on the Road to Rio. For Gerrard and co. in the thick of the midfield, Nike’s Dri-FIT fabric will keep players sweat free and comfortable as the match heats up. Ultimately, it’s the most comfortable Nike kit ever made.
With laser cut ventilation panels and flexible material, players stay cool and dry in all conditions. This 2016 England kit is a symbol of Roy Hodgon’s first World Cup qualifying success and Frank Lampard’s last.
Nike represent the elite in many different sports. For anybody who wears the 2016/17 England Stadium or Match Day Shirts, the benefits of Nike’s technology are immediately apparent.
History of England’s Football Kits
The original 19th century England football kits were basically white cricket-wear, purchased and worn by individual players – not provided by the FA. The three lions crest was embroidered into the shirts on match day.
England home kits have always been white – only the away kits have undergone significant changes in the team’s extensive history. Still, red has been the colour for the majority of secondary kits (a blue away shirt was used throughout the 1930s). For the first half of the 20th century, England wore stylish button-down shirts with polo neck collars.
Little changed in the designs other than alternating sock colours between navy and red. In 1954, the national team adopted a new kit known as the ‘continental’. It was a V-neck shirt fitted tight to the body and complemented by more practical shorts (shorter and lighter). Then came the crewneck era in 1963. By this time, England socks were white, featuring a hoop of red and navy on the fold. Both long and short sleeves were used from this point on. The new designs coincided with England’s newfound taste for success – the red crewneck was worn when England beat Germany to win the World Cup in 1966. For many, this kit will never be beaten.
Since then, the various England kits over the years have been bloodied and muddied – but never have they been celebrated in the same way. For a few, this has been because of the design itself. However, all of the kits have faded into bittersweet memories because of England’s shortcomings in big tournaments.
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