The England Umbro EURO 2012 home kit has been officially launched and is available at World Soccer Shop. The new strip will be first choice uniform for Wayne Rooney and Ashley Cole and the rest of the England team during the 2012/13 international soccer season.
According to Umbro: Taking its lead from the St. George’s flag, the new England Home kit, tailored by Umbro, features a patriotic white and red only design.
In a first for the England Home kit, the Three Lions crest, which has previously featured blue and red, appears entirely in red so the strip is a representation of the St. George’s flag in its purest form.
Launching ahead of this summer’s 2012 European Championships, the new Home kit will be worn by the Senior team for the first time on 29th February when the England team take on Holland at Wembley in front of 90,000 fans. The England U21 team will also play in the new strip on the same night when they take on Belgium U21s at the Riverside Stadium.
A key feature of the kit is the red striping detail inspired by the famous stripes on the Umbro jacket worn by England manager Sir Alf Ramsey during England’s 1966 World Cup winning campaign. The striping features on all elements of the kit [shirt, shorts, and socks] and is prominent on the reverse of the players’ collar and is clearly visible when turned up.
In keeping with Umbro’s football smart approach, the kit features a top button to create a football ‘shirt’ in the truest sense. Finished in brushed cotton, the shirt has a classic, smart aesthetic as well as performance benefits which include keeping the wearer comfortable and dry.
Retaining a classic style edge, the shirt has a shaped drop hem, giving a tailored fit that will sit with the natural posture of the body when standing. True to its tailoring heritage, Umbro continues to provide shirts in chest sizes so that each England fan can experience a tailored fit.
The shorts and socks are white and also feature the red striping detail. A red change short will also be available later in the season. As a whole, the kit has been designed to provide maximum performance and movement having been crafted using Umbro’s look smart, play smart ethos.