New England Kit Revealed

By 21 May 2013 08:57

This morning England’s new home shirt was unveiled in an unusual fashion-by star man Jack Wilshere on Twitter.

The kit will make its first appearance at Wembley later this month, when England take on the Republic of Ireland in a friendly match.

The shirt is the first to be produced by sports brand Nike after taking over from Umbro as the national team kit manufacturer, even though they still had five years left on their latest contract.

The move came after Umbro’s parent company Nike, took over the deal before selling the company, who had supplied England kits and merchandise for over 60 years.

The new kit, modelled in the picture by school boy Jason Kelly, has been subject to a mixed reaction, with some comparing it with an old German kit. This specific kit being referred to dates back to 1966, which Germany wore at the World Cup that year. (Below)

Who is Jason Kelly and how did he get the chance to be the first fan to wear the kit?

Jack Wilshere visited his old school on Monday and he picked lucky pupil Jason to model the shirt, before sharing it with his 248,000 following and the rest of Twitter. Wilshere said "Like this kid, my England dream began here, so he was first in #theshirt."

The shirt has a different colour scheme to Umbro’s previous kit designs, with Nike opting for a navy blue secondary colour, instead of red. The decision is a risky one though, with red being a major colour associated with England.

Although the choice of colour may cause anger amongst fans across the nation, the shirt is a nice, plain and retro design.

Fans will hope they can see success in the shirt, going one further than Germany did that year- they lost in the final against England.

Source: DSG

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