In recognition of the England Ladies’ massive win over the FIFA #1 ranked United States on Saturday we’re taking an in-depth look at the England 2010/11 home soccer jersey (now available at World Soccer Shop, Onionbag.com and Subside Sports).
Umbro has worked wonders with the simple white template of the famous England home kit. From the colorful 2007/09 shirt to the quintessential English polo shirt-inspired jersey of the 2009/10 kit, the 2010/11 top continues a fine period of innovation by Umbro.
Despite the high quality pictures of it available on the internet and in print, the England Umbro 2010/11 home shirt can only be truly appreciated in real life. For example, it was only then that we were able to see the slight shine of the strip on the chest leading up to the slightly opened neckline via a flap. This is a unique design feature that we’ve not seen elsewhere in a soccer jersey.
Also best seen in person are the very elastic areas of material separating the front and back panels of the kits and at the rare shoulder joint area of it. The change in texture from the rest of the shirt is pleasing to the eye. Functionally, this material clearly aids in the body motion of the wearer.
The new England kit celebrates the growing diversity of the country by incorporating a series of different color St. George’s crosses on the inside and outside of its upper back area. Not only is this noble in concept but it also adds to the visual appeal of the shirt. Now that they are there, it’s hard to imagine this kit without them.
The England 10/11 home jersey feels absolutely fantastic on the skin. This is a result of the polyester blend used for most of the shirt. It looks and feels comfortable like cotton but is extremely effective at absorbing sweat from the skin and drying quickly. The same blend is used for the Umbro England 2010/12 away kit and the Manchester City 2010/11 home shirt.
We had a tester wear the jersey to a local pick-up game this weekend. He reported that it is quick-drying and allows good cooling airflow throughout the torso. He was particularly complimenting of the neck flap area for its cooling effect.
When to Wear
A must for England fans whenever the Three Lions or Lionesses play, the makeup of the England Umbro 2010/11 home jersey is also excellent for casual wear in warmer climes, at the pub or even in a business casual office environment. With a good run at next year’s EURO 2012 tournament, it may even be a cup winner’s collector’s item since it is being used in the team’s qualification campaign. Let’s see if Fabio Capello and his talented crop of English players can make up for the disappointment of FIFA World Cup 2010.