Football's international break is underway, with the Euro 2024 qualifiers kicking off across the globe last night. For England, that meant facing Italy, the team that snatched the title from us on penalties in the 2020 final.

During the match, England's Manager Gareth Southgate channeled his inner sneakerhead, sporting a pair of Patta x Nike Air Max 1 "Waves" in "Pure Platinum" in the technical area.

The Euro 2020 final was a painful night for English football fans. Finally, we were 90 minutes away from taking the European title home for the first time in our footballing history.

A night we'll never forget; the match ended in penalties, penalties that led to one of the sport's biggest and worst racial controversies.

When the boys took the line, those that missed from the spot were on the receiving end of a series of racial abuse online, most notably, Arsenal's Bukayo Saka.

While England's Euro 2020 title race is remembered for all of the wrong reasons, it's behind us, and the 2024 edition of the tournament is on the horizon.

Despite being over a year away, it's already snatching our attention.

During England's emotional 2-1 win over Italy in the first match of the qualifiers last night, gaffer Gareth Southgate caught the attention of sneaker-savvy footy fans.

Southgate's footwear choices have never been worth writing home about; they've been wholly uninspired; until now.

Marking the occasion, the manager rocked a pair of Patta x Nike Air Max 1 "Waves" in "Pure Platinum," the final release in the series.

Perhaps, this marks the start of a sneaker frenzy in football – after all, Gregg Berhalter kept a pretty slick rotation during the World Cup.

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