England have unveiled the home and away kits that they will wear at the World Cup.
Manufacturers Nike say the kits focuses on "English football history and culture."
Already some media outlets are speculating that the use of players on the 'bubble' of Roy Hodgson's squad for Brazil in the promotional images– such as Ross Barkley, Raheem Sterling and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain – could be a sign that these players will make the plane.
Barkley, in particular, was regarded by many as being a potential big gamble by Hodgson if selected for the trip to Brazil, so does this mean that he will now be in the squad?
It would surely be a quite an embarrassing situation for the FA if Hodgson does not pick the Everton starlet given his prominence in the kit campaign.
However, a much more likely reason that they are being used is of course because they are Nike sponsored athletes.
The new home kit will debut on-pitch in the friendly game with Peru at Wembley on May 30.
The home hit is pure white and with Nike football global creative director Martin Lotti saying about it:
"Two references really stood out during the design process for the home kit – that stunning all-white kit England wore in Mexico in 1970 and the idea of the armour of English Knights.
"You can see subtle references to the armour in the pinstripe, which carries a hint of shine, and in the white satin tape on the shoulders. We wanted to add some small detail that echoed the glow of the armour worn by St. George."
Lovely…while the corporate spiel from Lotti about the away kits is as follows:
"The red jersey has been an icon since England won the World Cup wearing it in 1966. 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."
But we all know you don't care about such nonsense, you just want to see more pretty pictures, so here you go.
Will you be buying one of the shirts? Leave your opinions below.
The new England home and away kits have been created by Nike with a focus on cultural design details and the best in performance innovation. Available on nike.com for pre-order and will be for sale worldwide from April 3rd.
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- Roy Hodgson
- Alex Oxlade Chamberlain
- Ross Barkley
- Raheem Sterling