Almost a year and a half after releasing their Tailored in England by Umbro set of kits ahead of the 2010 World Cup, England have again changed their look. Euro 2012 qualifiers begin this weekend as England will play Bulgaria at Wembley on Friday and the new kits will presumably be on display. At first look, England will look very similar to their disappointing World Cup run. Upon closer inspection, the shirts have changed quite dramatically. The most noticeable difference is the inclusion of an interpretation of the St. George’s cross, scattered across the shoulder yolk, supposedly representing the increasing diverse nature of England’s inhabitants. The Umbro mark, names and numbers have been changed from red to blue, which is a nice move as far as this space is concerned. The long, dipping neckline is reminiscent of the 1950s, but is only actually open at the top. The shorts have been changed from white to blue and the socks tipped with blue.
Overall, the color scheme changes are very nice. The all-white Wimbledon look was a bit pretentious and as amazing as it looked on mannequins, was pretty dull on a moving footballer. But the inclusion of the St. George’s cross pattern is a real step backward. England have recently tried to incorporate its flag into the shoulders of their shirts. This attempt to be both subtle and meaningful falls flat.