We review the all-new Nike away shirt for the Three Lions of England for use in their upcoming Euro 2016 campaign.
The away shirt has already be debuted by England in their dramatic friendly against rivals Germany at the Olympiastadion in Berlin, seeing the away team win 3-2 after being 0-2 down and Jamie Vardy steal the headlines with an audacious back-heel flick past Manuel Neuer.
The nostalgic away shirt takes significant inspiration from the edition worn in the 1966 World Cup final which saw England lift the prestigious Jules Rimet trophy – and the latest Nike version hopes to bring similar triumph in France this Summer. Both England’s home and away shirts use Nike’s slick Vapor kit template – as also used by France and Portugal – which sees a subtle v-neck collar feature above a Nike Swoosh and team crest, whilst intricately striped sleeves and flank detailing also add classy depth.
England’s away shirt truly displays a trademark look for the nation however incorporates modernistic flair to match the team’s latest stars of Ross Barkley, Raheem Sterling, Jamie Vardy, and Tottenham trio including Harry Kane, Dele Alli, and Eric Dier.
So starting with the front and back of the away shirt, both panels pose in solid bright red to emulate the team of ’66 – which sees a white Nike Swoosh feature besides a traditionally bold Three Lions crest with a single red star above to denote their single World Cup success. Dividing the front and back panels showcases royal blue flanks with subtle pinstriping of white – which also possesses a stretchy characteristic to enhance fit.
Moving onto the sleeves, shoulders, and collar – and these are the regions that steal the headlines through an unprecedented effect of intricate hoops created by a two-tone of red and navy. The striped visual flows in a uniform fashion across the sleeves and shoulders however is broken by further royal blue to create collar detailing and England text at the back. Finishing touches of DRI-FIT lettering and Nike’s Authentic label are embroidered to the hem in silver stitching.
This version of the England away shirt is the Match edition of which is aimed at supporters to wear in the stadium and replicates the player’s Vapor Match edition however lacks Nike’s innovative AeroSwift technology which wicks away sweat to stay dryer and more lightweight by 20% and 25% respectively. Further cosmetic differences sees the words ‘Three’ and ‘Lions’ left absent on opposing sleeve cuffs of the fan’s Match edition compared to what the players will patriotically adorn in France.
In terms of sizing the shirt fits true to size – the length in the body and sleeves is spot-on and it also features a slightly compressive fit – I’m wearing my usual size Medium and its the ideal size and fit. Just not that if you’re interested in the Vapor Match edition, the player’s version features an even greater compressive fit so if you’re in-between sizes it may prove beneficial to go with the larger of the two.
Posted on April 11, 2016