The English FA and technical partner Nike have launched the England 2014 World Cup away kit along with the team’s latest home shirt. It will be available starting today at World Soccer Shop, Kitbag and Subside Sports.
According to Nike: The classic new England away kit celebrates the team’s history and showcases the most evocative national symbols in an innovative new fashion.
“The red jersey has been an icon since England won the World Cup wearing it in 1966,” said Martin Lotti, Nike Football Global Creative Director. “As they prepare to compete this summer, we wanted to pay tribute to their storied history while updating the kit with several contemporary design details.”
The new England away jersey features a bold red tonal pinstripe design subtly infused with a graphic interpretation of St. George’s cross on the front. The St. George’s cross, representing the English patron saint, is an optical illusion and cannot be seen up close, coming into focus only from a distance.
The jersey boasts a unique neckline with a subtle collar design. The front panel goes all the way to the top of the jersey to render the St. George’s cross as large as possible. Ribbing completes the collar around the back of the neck.
The iconic England crest features a satin weave base with embroidered lions to create a lustrous effect. The base uses a bright white with an optical brightener to further enhance its whiteness, making the lions come alive under UV light.
Inside the back of the neck, consistent with the home jersey is a pennant tab, this time with a graphic of red pinstripes that together create a subtle St. George’s cross.
The shorts are white with a red tape along each side, and the away socks are red.