Designed for 2016 UEFA Euro, the new away football shirt for England national team was unveiled by Nike and the Football Association(FA) that is the governing body of association football in England. Formed in 1863, it is the oldest football association in the world and is responsible for all aspects of the amateur and professional games in England.
The away shirt is predominately red with a contrasting dark red shoulders and sleeves in honor of the great victory that England national team got the champion in 1966 FIFA World Cup. The World Cup was finally held at Wembley Stadium, England, the birthplace of modern football. With the guide of Sir Robert Charlton and the support of crazy fans, the national team won the title of World Cup. Sir Robert Charlton is an English former professional footballer and an essential member of the England team. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in England football history. In terms of individual awards, he has got Ballon d’Or award, PFA Merit Award, BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award and so on. Nowadays, Sir Robert Charlton is a member of Manchester United’s board of directors.
Wembley Stadium is the largest football stadium in Europe with a capacity of 90,000 spectators. You can go there when there are no matches being held to feel the excitement. The stadium hosts 1966 World Cup, as well as the FA Cup Final and Semi Finals, the Football League Cup Final, the FA Community Shield, the Football League Play Off Finals and the Rugby Football League Challenge Cup Final.
Back to this newly released shirt, it is the the most advanced shirt to hit the pitch. The shirt features a modern V-neck collar. The different colors between the body and the sleeves and shoulders are so eye-catching. White Nike Swoosh is recognized easily. Some details showing national pride appear on both the interior and exterior of the shirt. The team badge pays homage to the country. “England” is printed on the back of the collar. “THREE” and “LIONS” are respectively sewn on the insides of the sleeves. The engineered knitting zones on the chest create a geometric pattern that enhances fit with small mesh shapes at the bottom of the pattern. A blue breathable stripe is placed on both sides of the shirt to make players comfortable.
Nike Aeroswift, a new apparel technology, is a combination of superior moisture- wicking fabric and construction techniques designed to enhance the comfort. The fabric is breathable so players can keep dry and cool during 90 minutes.
Nike takes into consideration environmental protection when designing. The football shirts made from recycled polyester not only ensure the high performance but also reduce the impact on environment.
The red shorts with blue stripes and blue socks complete the away kit. Each of kit is made from approximately 16 plastic bottles on average melted down to produce a fine yarn, which shows Nike’s strong awareness of environmental protection. Since 2010, Nike has recycled nearly 3 billion waste plastic bottles from landfills, enough to cover about 5,200 football pitches.