New England kit destroyed by Gary Lineker on Twitter
When Nike first unveiled their latest effort at designing the England national team’s kit, they could not have expected the vociferous backlash it would receive.
England’s new home and away strips were revealed in a glitzy unveiling ceremony in central London earlier this month.
England sported their new red away kit – complete with blue socks – in their international friendly with Germany, and the feedback online was, at best, brutal.
Despite the German’s playing host to England, Joachim Loew’s side also wore their new away strip, complete with lime green and black trimming.
Gary Lineker, third in the list of England’s highest ever goalscorers, led the intense criticism of the away kit, which England will take with them to Euro 2016.
Lineker was forced to apologise earlier this week after his tweet sparked outrage with a football-related pun referring to the Brussels terror attacks.
The former England striker’s sentiments were shared by large swathes of Twitter onlookers who simply could not stand the new design.
The inclusion of bright blue socks was a particular sore point for England fans online who were craving a more ‘traditional’ strip.
England revealed their new strips for this summer’s European Championship to the disdain of many fans, with the kits being branded as ‘vile’ and ‘untraditional.’
Nike have claimed that the red away kit is purposely evocative of England’s win over Brazil at the Maracana in 1984.
“For both kits we set out with the goal of bringing together the colours that are synonymous with English football: white, red and blue – flashes of contrast are used to illustrate innovative details such as the cross-dyed knitted sleeves and the ventilation-enhancing stripe on the sides of the shirts and shorts,” said Nike’s creative director, Martin Lotti.
“England have had great moments in red over the years – one in particular – and our design team have risen to the challenge of integrating references to England’s footballing history with a futuristic system of performance apparel in both the home and away kits “