England have revealed their new home kit manufactured by Nike. Well we say England have but in fact it was Jack Wilshere who had the privilege of unveiling the kit on his official Twitter account.
And before you say so yes we know that isn’t the Arsenal midfield maestro posing for the shoot but it is in fact a kid who went to his former school; a nice touch from Wilshere.
Nike have taken over from Umbro after officially selling off the company last year and that certainly had tongues wagging about the first full-on Nike model.
So here it is…
And at HITC we are not too sure on the look Nike appear to be going for. Nike say the idea is to be simplistic and minimalist; hark back to the old days or something like that.
But we just happen to think it looks like a rip-off of a West Germany kit.
Not the mutli-coloured Lothar Matthaus numbers but more Franz Beckenbauaer circa 1974.
We are certainly not alone in that belief. Its resemblance to the eternal enemies historic kit was duly noted by former England international and TV pundit Gary Lineker as well as countless others on Twitter:
Well Germany adopted ‘Three Lions on a Shirt' as an official anthem after victory at Euro ’96 and it hasn’t appeared to do them much harm so maybe we should try copy our German rivals; I mean we are about to host an all-German Champions League final at Wembley.
England will wear the kit for the first time on the 29th May when we take on the Republic of Ireland and then you can make your full decision on the ‘West German-ness’ of this new strip.
For us at HITC, we are reserving judgement for now.
What do you think of the new kit?
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