With all the anticipation and hype that
always walks hand in hand with the launch of the now-yearly England kit launch,
confusion gave this years' launch something new to ponder. Worn for the first time in the friendly against
Switzerland, in Fabio Capello's first match, but not available to buy for
another month, 12th March 2008.
Another name, same concept, the new
'trilogy' fabric, and something in the replica shirts that allows you to access
something via your WAP on your mobile phone. It wouldn't be a decent
result, would it? Was it well received - well, this was the
first e-mail I received regarding it....
Another new England kit and yet another disappointment. The
design reminds me of the old Admiral kit back in the early 80's although now we
still have to put up with the "ENGLAND" bar over the crest (why, when the whole
football world knows what the Three Lions represent) and that stupid lone gold
star. I sit in hope that the new white strip next year will go back to the
traditional red numbers on the back and ditch the ENGLAND bar and gold star but
no doubt Umbro's "designers" will continue to have "artistic licence" and bring
out some other rubbish. It's funny how TOFFS England shirts were selling
so well until Umbro inflicted their own "retro" version on the market (and on
TOFFS under licence). Sorry about the moan Chris but a new Umbro England
kit launch never fails to disappoints me and other "old farts" like me.
I rest my case....
Let the jury decide.... or the results.
"This is not just a football shirt. This
is a statement of belief. Determination and intent. This is a declaration of
support and pride. This is the England shirt."
This is bollocks! This shirt will
never see the light of any tournament and every England shirt will remain so
until such a time that the 'Umbro' people at their cosy desks decide to put such
determined slogans into the hearts and minds of the damn Englishmen who wear
them... until then...try somewhere other than JJB to purchase it!
For the World Cup qualification fixtures,
England wore the SOUTH AFRICA 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP logo heat-pressed onto the
upper right arm.