Like Kasabian years previously, this shirt made
its debut, not on the football pitch, but in the boxing ring, or in the steps
leading up to it. On 2nd July 2011, David Haye, Britain's own heavyweight
boxing champion, walked down to the stage wearing this very shirt, before his
bout with Wladimir Klitschko, in Hamburg, Germany. Sadly... he lost his fight -
bad or good omen for this shirt? Time will tell!
In a break from tradition.... which is very
unlike Nike, Umbro and the Football Association, England ditched the red,
and rather than return to the indigo blue tragedy of 1996, they returned
the national team with some national pride, and the dark blue shirts of
England that they used to wear on tour when we were a nation to be feared.
Of course, like the fiasco of a bit of blue in the Liverpool away kit of
2011 ('it's too much like Everton's' in your loudest scouse accent!). The
uncanny resemblance to look of Scotland will surely be a feature of the
shirt's short, but hopefully illustrious career. After all, this could
be the shirt to be worn with pride in the European Championships Final in
Ukraine next summer.
For the European Championship qualifying
matches, England wore the UEFA RESPECT logo on the left arm and the UEFA EURO
2012 QUALIFIERS logo on the right arm. When it came to the final
tournament, a separate UEFA EURO 2012 logo appeared on the right arm.
Against Sweden, England wore a matching pair of galaxy blue shorts,
turning it into an all-galaxy (navy) blue kit. When they played Poland,
they wore the MY GAME IS FAIR PLAY FIFA logo on the left arm and the
2014 FIFA WORLD CUP BRAZIL QUALIFIERS logo on the right arm.