Nike released the England EURO 2016 home and away kits to much fanfare a couple of week ago. Here’s our in-person look at the latest Three Lions primary shirt for the 2016/17 international football calendar.
Despite the lack of success that England has had at the EUROs and World Cup in recent times, the launch of new incarnations of their iconic white home kit is always a major event. In part because of its footballing history and in part because of the fact that England is home to the ever-popular Barclays Premier League, English jerseys are always in-demand by soccer fans worldwide. With manager Roy Hodgson’s team boasting a perfect record in EURO 2016 qualifying and coming off an impressive 3-2 friendly win at Germany last week, their new home shirt has already proven be a big seller.
Vapor vs. Stadium Version
Like all of Nike’s new kit, the England 2016/17 home jersey comes in the authentic “Vapor” version that is issued to players and fancentric “Stadium” version. The latter uses Nike’s Aeroswift technology intended to maximize cooling and support player movement. For fans not willing to pay the $144 US for the Vapor kit, the Stadium shirt can be had for $90 US. That’s the kit that we’re having a look at.
The key difference between the two apart from the aforementioned Aeroswift fabric is the text “THREE” and “LIONS” on the inside on the right and left sleeve cuffs. The “ENGLAND” text on the outside rear collar is sewn into the Vapor shirt’s fabric instead of being printed as it is on the Stadium kit. The England 16/17 Nike Vapor home kit also appears to be more form-fitting that the Stadium jersey to accommodate athletes’ physiques.
The England EURO 2016 Nike Stadium home kit fits true to size. Like much of today’s shirts, it does have a bit of a slim fit so if you’re on the heavier side then you should consider going a size up. You will love them if you’ve got an athletic build since they bring out well-honed chests, shoulders and arms quite well.
The new England home shirt has a modern v-neck design. Nike has done well in going beyond the overly simplistic look of The Three Lions somewhat unpopular 2014/16 home kit by accenting the famous white jersey with an eye-catching block of light blue in the sleeves, shoulders and upper back areas. A series of light blue pinstripes runs throughout this area for a very visually pleasing effect. The material for this section of the shirt is much smoother in texture compared to the cooling DRI-FIT that the white area of the jersey is made of. A stripe in a darker shade of blue runs along the back half of the collar.
Nike stressed the side striping of the England EURO 2016 Vapor kit during its launch. While the striping on the Stadium shirt may not boast Aeroswift technology, it does add to its overall aesthetic thanks to its clever combination the dark blue and red that has been a part of so many England home kits throughout the years.
As a Match Kit
We come across quite a bit of football kits from all of the big players in the sportswear world here at Football Fashion. As a result we can say without reservation that the England EURO 2016 Nike Stadium can serve a decent quality match kit.
It is on par with Nike’s player issue 2014 World Cup offerings as well as recent authentic grade shirts from several other big name manufacturers. At the same time the England 16/17 Stadium jersey by far exceeds what you might find on the backs of professional players wearing less known brands (including international teams in some regions and many a lower league side).
Where to Buy It
The England EURO 2016 Nike Stadium home kit is now available for sale at Kitbag along with the latest away shirt to be worn by FIFA’s ninth ranked men’s and fourth ranked women’s teams’ latest away jersey. The online retailer is also carrying the Vapor kits and Nike training range.