Earlier this week, England have revealed their new home and away kits for next year’s Euro 2020 and Nations League matches against Iceland and Denmark this month. Gareth Southgate’s side returns to action for the first time since March with a new kit collection from Nike. The kit is the first offering from the Three Lions’ new supply deal with the sports clothing giants.
The home kit sticks to the classic white with a dark blue crew neck and side stripes, which has the ‘community of lions’ embossed in the middle of the shirt. It is similar to the kits from the late 1990s. The England badge and Nike are centred on the shirt, which will be paired with dark blue shorts and white socks. The away kit is a little more unusual, with a blue shirt paired by blue shorts and blue socks.
“There is a feel-good factor surrounding the England team and we wanted to capture all that vibrancy and try some new things,” Scott Munson, Nike’s VP of football apparel, told the FA website. “Their collection balances a classic home identity with an adventurous, eye-catching away kit.” The kits will be seen in action in the upcoming games for the Nations League this month.
England also confirmed on social media that this kit collection will be used at next summer’s Euro 2020, which was postponed due to coronavirus. There is also a wider collection of pre-match shirts and training gear that has been released. The England kits are available at Nike’s website from September 1 and the full collection is available in all Nike and partner retail stores from September 4.
“This team is closer than it’s ever been before — when we put on that England jersey, all club rivalries are set aside,” said captain Harry Kane. “We’re united in our goal of representing our fans far and wide. This collection captures that feeling of togetherness we hold so dearly.” Portugal, France, Croatia, Netherlands, Poland, Norway and Turkey have earlier released their new kit collection under Nike.
Following the Nations League matches against Iceland and Denmark this month, the Three Lions are set to have their first match at home against neighbours Wales in an international friendly in October before facing fellow World Cup 2018 semi-finalists Belgium in the Nations League three days later. The Euro 2020 will now take place from June 11 to July 11 in 2021.
Southgate has given first call-ups to Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden, Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood and Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips. Forward Danny Ings and goalkeeper Dean Henderson are also in the squad. Captain Harry Kane has been selected despite the Tottenham striker having been in quarantine following a trip to the Bahamas.