England will look to continue their impressive run of performances at major tournaments when they travel to Qatar for the 2022 World Cup this winter.
For all the criticism leveled at Gareth Southgate over the course of the UEFA Nations League summer matches, there is no denying that he has an excellent record when it comes to the most important competitions.
The bra-wearing coach is the second most successful coach in England men’s senior team history, inspiring the Three Lions to claim their first honor since the 1966 World Cup.
England prepares for Qatar
And when it comes to Southgate’s first and only World Cup as England manager thus far, he also delivered a summer to remember with a brave and brave young team making their way to the semi-finals.
Yes, there was no trophy that could be held high and celebrated on the back of either tournament, but both results represented exaggerated performances from a national team that has repeatedly disappointed in the 21st century.
And slowly but surely, we head towards that golden month in the football calendar once again with England still less than 150 days away from the World Cup kick-off with a match against Iran.
Every now and then there will be a great deal of speculation about who will be involved in England XI, who will make up the team in the first place, how far Southgate will take the squad and, most of all, he will come home. or not.
England World Cup kit
Well, you’ll have to wait and see the answers to these questions, but one of the few questions we can answer about England at the 2022 World Cup is what their home kits will look like.
The Three Lions has always taken in every major championship by reinventing the classic white stripe for the modern era, and the tournament in Qatar will be no different with Nike reimagining the timeless design.
And with kit experts at Footy Headlines, we’ve been able to follow the rumor mill surrounding the new England shirt every step of the way with the first image finally emerging.
The first picture of the England national team shirt
Early tones have long suggested the shirt will feature more blue than its predecessors with one drop from April suggesting it could be one of the most daring designs in England history.
And while the leaked image suggests it’s not as loud as initially expected, everything indicates that it still ranks as one of the most divisive – if not just hated – kits on display at the 2022 World Cup.
However, before we consider exactly why this is happening, be sure to check the England World Cup kit leaks with your own eyes first:
England World Cup kit… not bad. But the woman is one IMO clear pic.twitter.com/LMpMIOUKVe
– Kamal (@LumpOfCFC) July 9, 2022
💣💣💣 𝐁𝐑𝐄𝐀𝐊𝐈𝐍𝐆: England 2022 World Cup Kit Leaked: https://t.co/WmjFfxx1tL
– Footy Headlines (Footy_Headlines) July 9, 2022
The leaked England kit for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
ideas? 🏴🤔 pic.twitter.com/LzGxIWwtmd
– Universal Football (UniversalFTBL) July 9, 2022
Are you ready to part with your money or not tickle your imagination?
We are not fans…
For clarity, the humble GIVEMESPORT writer isn’t really a fan and would go so far as to say it’s one of my least favorite England home kit ever based on the evidence so far.
If anything, your build really favored the drop design where the blue influences pair more seamlessly with the white stem than the lack of interaction between the main body and the blue shoulders.
The decoration itself seems a bit cheap to my taste as well; Plus, I’m happy to raise my hand and say that more blue-headed England kits tend not to get me excited anyway with the 2010-2012 edition also ranked among my least favorites.
And there appears to be a general consensus on the negativity as well, with many England fans, as well as neutral supporters, expressing their displeasure with the leaked image on Twitter. Check the reaction:
Fair play, Nike
Now, look, the work of rating, grading and judging soccer kits is ultimately entirely subjective and we don’t doubt for a second that Nike’s new blue design will have a lot of fans.
And kudos to the team of individuals more talented than me who created the design because in boldness and difference some of the best shirts of all time have been born.
In addition, I will be delighted to beat the drum with which Nike has made some of the greatest England jerseys in history with the current home jersey worn at Euro 2020 as it finished fourth in my rankings of all time.
It just so happens, from what we know so far, that the upcoming 2022 World Cup jersey doesn’t particularly pop onto my face and to my taste, it looks set to be among the worst in the tournament along with Portugal’s upcoming half and half design.
In fact, having just written this, it’s still definitely better than the Portugal shirt…
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