England have officially unveiled their new kit - including white shorts. The kit was seen for the first time as Fabio Capello's men took on Slovakia in a friendly at Wembley. Although England have worn white shorts on some occasions – the 1966 World Cup quarter-final against Argentina being a notable example – they have never had white shorts as the default first choice. PHOTO GALLERY: England home kits - old and new With its three buttons and small collar, the new top somewhat resembles a polo shirt. Manufacturers Umbro have made the top from a more cotton-like material, enhancing its similarity to leisurewear. However, the kit is also designed with players in mind. In another first, each player in the squad has had his shirt made to measure for each game. Until now, the shirts have simply been made in the usual sizes – small, medium or large. "We did fitting sessions with the players very much as you would in Savile Row," said Umbro senior designer David Blanch. "They loved being fussed over and they're getting a kit crafted to fit them." The Three Lions badge has been slightly redesigned to make it more in line with the 1948 crest, while the shirt also follows the 1950s style with hand-stitched details of the date and opponents. The kit retains the star above the badge, which marks England's one World Cup triumph and was first introduced in 2003, but it has been replaced by a more subtle tonal version, white on white, "It is a mark of respect for the team that won," explains Blanch, "without the weight of expectation for the team that will win it again." For more on the new kit, see our exclusive blog. The kit is analysed in detail in a free magazine given away with the new issue of FourFourTwo - available Monday 30 March. ENGLAND FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews section for more stuff to read: One on One Kevin Keegan, Sven-Göran Eriksson, David Beckham, Michael Owen, Paul Gascoigne, Ian Wright Web Exclusives Gary Lineker, Paul Gascoigne, Glenn Hoddle, Wayne Rooney, Q&A Fabio Capello, Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney, Theo Walcott Boy's A Bit Special Theo Walcott, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Michael Mancienne, David Wheater Ask A Silly Question Sir Geoff Hurst, Alan Ball, Bryan Robson, Peter Crouch, John Barnes, Peter Reid, My Secret Vice Jimmy Bullard What Happened Next? Carlton Palmer Perfect XI Sir Bobby Charlton, Graham Taylor, Bryan Robson, Ian Wright
28 March 2009
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