kit, it is fair to say, did not receive universal acclaim when it was released
on 17 March 2016 along with the
new home kit. There were accusations of Nike
putting its own 'Vapor' brand before the national team's traditions and the
combination of red, with blue socks had not been tried before, whilst the
appearance of maroon sleeves was another feature that the traditionalists found
hard to swallow.
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."
One sarcastic response to the appearance of the teams in Berlin was,
"Nothing says Germany v England like muddy green and grey v red shirts
with maroon sleeves, red shorts and blue socks." Even the new German kit
was brought into the argument!
When England went two goals down to Germany, it looked like it would,
like some other kits before it, be synonymous with failure, but then
came a remarkable recovery and one of England's greatest ever
performances. So, maybe it wasn't so bad after all.
Against Slovakia in
Saint-Étienne, England wore the UEFA
RESPECT logo on the left arm and the tournament logo on the right arm.
Then, for the European Championship qualification matches, the patches were
replaced by the European Qualifiers and UEFA RESPECT logos on the left
arm, and the QUALIFIERS FIFA WORLD CUP RUSSIA 2018 logo on the right
The number-22 shirt shown here was issued to Ross Barkley for the
game against Australia. It is part of Richard
Clarke's 'Three Lions - England Match Worn Shirts' Facebook Collection.