We wanted to keep this news until we knew how the boy’s would perform in the shirts. A hat trick by Defoe on Saturday has alleviated some fears… and our initial reluctance to share the new kit has dissolved.
Peter Saville follows Aitor Throup as shirt “tailor.” The famed Factory Records designer adds his twist to the shoulder – “Inspired by an increasingly diverse England, Saville has created a new fabric print on the shoulder panels of the new England home shirt that is a reflection of his vision of modern England. Made up of different interpretations of the classic St George’s cross symbol, the pattern is displayed through the repetition of four different coloured crosses that are evocative of the basting stitches synonymous with bespoke tailoring. The traditional red cross is still present alongside blue and green ones, which are colours present in the official England team crest. These have been joined by a purple cross, a blend of all the three previous colours to accentuate diversity. The conceptual change visually reflects modern England in a noticeable step forward from the current all white kit.”
The styling follows on traditional football shirt types, but adds a longer open neckline to provide additional movement across the chest.
More images of Saville’s Umbro England Home Kit 2010/2011 after the jump.