England reveal Euro 2016 kit as Wayne Rooney, Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling parade new Nike home and away strips
Wayne Rooney, Harry Kane and Co will look the part thanks to Nike’s new designs which sees England steer away from the traditional all-white home kit due to a change in colour to the shirt sleeves and socks.
England’s stars will instead be kitted out in a top with light blue on the sleeves and bright red socks in a bold move by Nike’s kit designers ahead of this summer’s tournament.
If you want to buy the full adult replica kit, either home or away, then it will set you back a total of £101 with the shirts priced at £60, shorts at £28 and socks at £13. The previous England shirt was priced at £59.99.
Meanwhile, the full replica kit for kids will cost £84, with the shirts priced at £48, shorts at £23 and socks at £13.
Bright red socks, featuring a linear blue graphic on the calf, celebrate the look of the England team that famously triumphed over Brazil at Maracana Stadium in 1984.
The away kit, on the other hand, has crimson sleeves with blue socks. The red strip is in honour of England’s 1966 team which starred in the Three Lions’ only World Cup triumph 50 years on from their historic Wembley final victory over West Germany.
Both sets of kits have a blue outline on the shirt and shorts to give the strips an added dimension.
England’s team led by captain Bobby Moore lifted the Jules Rimet Trophy while wearing red shirts and socks with white shorts.
Marking a revolution in football apparel design, England’s Nike Vapor kits are 10 per cent lighter, boast 50 per cent more stretch, wick sweat 20 per cent quicker and dry 25 per cent faster than Nike’s most recent football kits.
Other quirky features on the new strips include the word ‘England’ being knitted into the back collar, while ‘Three’ and ‘Lions’ adorn the inside cuffs.
The reverse of the crest reveals a white rose graphic, referencing the symbol that was embroidered on early England caps in the nineteenth century.
American brand Nike have also decided to remove the drawstring on the shorts as they have introduced a brand new waistband and have ventilation holes on the strip in order for England’s players to cope with playing in a warm climate, such as the one which they may experience in the south of France.
Nike’s creative director Martin Lotti said: ‘For both kits we set out with the goal of bringing together the colours that are synonymous with English football: white, red and blue – flashes of contrast are used to illustrate innovative details such as the cross-dyed knitted sleeves and the ventilation-enhancing stripe on the sides of the shirts and shorts.
‘England have had great moments in red over the years – one in particular – and our design team have risen to the challenge of integrating references to England’s footballing history with a futuristic system of performance apparel in both the home and away kits.’
The senior team will wear the home kit for the first time against Holland at Wembley on March 29, while they will parade the away strip three days earlier during their international friendly with Germany.
Both the home and away replica kits, which will be available to purchase from March 24, will come in different fits with the professionals wearing a specially made athletic-fitted shirt.
Hodgson’s men are expected to be a force to be reckoned with in France after winning all 10 of their qualifying games.
England, who are ninth in the FIFA world rankings, will have to be at their best as they have been pitted alongside Russia, Slovakia and Gareth Bale’s Wales.
World Cup holders Germany and hosts France are joint favourites to win the tournament at 10/3 – with Spain (11/2), England (11/1) and Belgium (11/1).
England’s stars will definitely look the part, now let’s hope they can deliver the goods in France.