Is this the only way we can match the Germans? New England shirt looks just like 1966 rivals

  • Kit designed by Nike to mark 150th anniversary of Football Association
  • Based on strip worn in England v Scotland international match in 1872
  • Resembles West Germany strip of 1966 when England won World Cup

By Ryan Kisiel and Laura Williamson

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For more than 40 years, England fans have wanted the national football team to be more like the Germans.

Now, it seems, they’ve got their wish. For the England team’s latest kit bears a striking resemblance to the strip worn by West Germany in 1966.

The kit, unveiled yesterday, was designed by Nike to mark the 150th anniversary of the Football Association.

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New era: England stars helped reveal Nike's first Three Lions strip yesterday. Pictured (left-to-right) are Steven Gerrard, Joe Hart, Wayne Rooney, Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere

New era: England stars helped reveal Nike's first Three Lions strip yesterday. Pictured (left-to-right) are Steven Gerrard, Joe Hart, Wayne Rooney, Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere

Anniversary: The new kit will be worn for the first time against the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday week

Anniversary: The new kit will be worn for the first time against the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday week

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The white shirt with round navy collar, navy shorts and white socks are based on the strip worn in the first international match in 1872, when England played Scotland in Glasgow.

But the blue used is so dark that it appears almost black, rendering the kit uncannily like that worn by the Germans down the decades.

 

It most resembles the West Germany strip of 1966, when England – playing in red – won 4-2 in the World Cup Final at Wembley.

While England have never again reached such heights, the Germans have since gone on to dominate international football.

Similar style: Criticism for the strip centres around the design looking like previous Germany shirts

Similar style: Criticism for the strip centres around the design looking like previous Germany shirts

It led ex-England striker Gary Lineker to tweet impishly: ‘Smart move by @FA and @nikefootball to go slightly German with the strip. If you can’t beat ’em...’

'Smart move by @FA and @nikefootball to go slightly German with the strip. If you can’t beat 'em...'

Gary Lineker

Other supporters used social media to express their anger at the absence of red from the kit.

One wrote: ‘New England shirt looks terrible, no effort made and looks like the old German shirt. What happened to the red, white and blue?’ Another added: ‘What is with the white and navy? Our flag is red and white.’

England will wear the kit for the first time against Ireland at Wembley on Wednesday week. Replicas of the polyester shirt costs £60 for adult sizes.

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Only fools and young kids really pay this much for a plain white shirt that changes each year and a half...

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What will the Golden Generation win in this kit? Other countries must be tired of the mighty Eng-er-land dominating world football.

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It's been years since they brought out an England kit that looked any good, why are people surprised this one doesn't?

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The kit should be white and red.

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Should have got Beatle Paul's daughter to design the new kit and then they could look like Scot's

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Actually I like the shirt and there's nothing wrong with emulating the highly successful Germans at football BUT there should have been some RED in the kit somewhere . This is ENGLAND remember ? Maybe red flashes on the shorts or socks or something ?

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Anyone that pays £60 for a replica of this shirt, is an idiot. Just wait about 18 months and Sports Direct will be knocking them out for £10 each I'm sure of it!

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Its got an England badge on it therefore looks like an England shirt to me!

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Why do the FA keep coming out wit blue in the kit? There is no blue in the English flag. No buying it

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Shorts have got nothing to do with football.............its whats inside that counts (Ripping Yarns Golden Gordon)

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