FA stand firm over England kit controversy after subtle change angers eagle-eyed supporters

By Staff

The Football Association and Nike have responded to calls to change England’s new kit, which has sparked controversy due to a change that honours the 1966 heroes.

The new home strip for the Three Lions caused a stir online after a “playful update” to the St Georges’ Cross on the back collar of the shirt was pointed out. The red cross has been replaced with one in navy, light blue and purple colours.

Some fans of England have either questioned or not accepted this change and have used social media to voice their protests against the decision. Several well-known figures, including Jason Manford, have also raised questions about this controversial decision.

However, currently, there are no plans to alter the design, with the FA ‘standing behind’ the decision to change the colours of the cross.

While some fans have questioned the change, the FA have explained that the altered colours are a nod to the ‘classic colour scheme’ of the training gear worn by England’s 1966 World Cup-winning team. This victory remains the only senior international honour for the men’s team.

Nike have expressed similar views, describing the kit in a statement as a design that “disrupts history with a modern take on a classic. The trim on the cuffs takes its cues from the training gear worn by England’s 1966 heroes, with a gradient of blues and reds topped with purple.

“The same colours also feature an interpretation of the flag of St. George on the back of the collar.”

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While some figures, such as Manford, have called for the changes to the cross to be scrapped, former footballer-turned-pundit Chris Sutton has chosen to focus on the poor messaging used to justify the decision.

Speaking on the It’s All Kicking Off Podcast, he said: “It’s such a load of b*****s though isn’t it? To unite and what? Inspire. To unite and inspire by changing a flag? So it’s not the Cross of St George. It’s not the Cross of St. George, is it?”

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