Dress well, play well.
That’s what we will be hoping for England as they cruise to World Cup victory in Russia this summer.
We’re allowed to dream aren’t we?
Nike officially released England’s home and away kit today and it no understatement to say with the boys wearing the new take on the classic they are bound to become world champions.
Described as the ‘2018 England Football Association Collection’ the range includes a white shirt/blue shorts combination for England’s home matches and a red jersey/white shorts pairing that England will don for their away games.
The Three Lions won the 1966 World Cup wearing red shirts, coincidence?
Nike have gone classic with the home strip a glorious white shirt with the England badge on the heart and a cool blue Swoosh.
The star to signify England’s sole World Cup triumph is silver and the rib collar is backed with a small St. George’s Cross.
The front and back shirt numbers and names will be in red and are backed by ‘anti-citing nodes’ – part of Nike’s performance technology – which will stop them sticking to the players in extreme heat.
On the away kit, a two-toned red shirt, there is a graphic which covers the body outlining a St. George’s Cross and it also features and embroidered rosette as a nod to the rose on the cap that England players receive when they are called up to the national side.
From the bottom up there are red socks, white shorts and a pure white Swoosh and England crest on the chest.
You will a lot of pictures around the training camp during the tournament and luckily Nike has sorted them out with some beautiful training kits.
Marcus Rashford is pictured wearing the training gear and the white, red and blue tessellating design is a throwback to the England kit for Mexico 82.
How much technology can you stuff into a football shirt? Well the boffins at Nike have taken England’s new kit to new levels.
The crest is high tech – it’s 64% lighter than previous badges and is Nike’s most breathable ever, the knit is engineered with open-hole texture for optimal breathability and the sleeves have special yarns that contribute to the speed aesthetic, we’re not too sure what that means either.
Nike’s trademark Vaporknit enables a duct-like effect to keep the players cool and the shorts have no outer seem which allow for greater movement for when Harry Kane is banging in a bicycle kit against Germany in the World Cup final.