FA plan 'urgent overhaul' of England kit after huge backlash against Nike's Euro 2024 shirt

FA plan 'urgent overhaul' of England kit after huge backlash against Nike's Euro 2024 shirt

WATCH NOW: Jason Cundy slams new England shirt following St George's Cross change

Lewis Winter

By Lewis Winter

Published: 23/03/2024

- 17:16

Updated: 24/03/2024

- 10:51

The Three Lions are set to wear the new jersey for the first time after widespread criticism

The FA reportedly plan an 'urgent overhaul' of how England kits are approved following huge backlash against Nike's latest strip.


The kit manufacturer has received widespread criticism after changing the colour of the St George's Cross on the shirt which will be worn at Euro 2024 this summer.

Nike unveiled the new kits earlier this week but England boss Gareth Southgate has joined in with condemning the colour change.

On the home shirt, the traditional red and white cross is instead a mix of pink, light blue and purple on the back of the collar.

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England shirt: The FA are planning a big change to their approval process in the future


Nike and the FA have since said there are no plans to change the kit, which England wore for the first time in Saturday's 1-0 friendly defeat against Brazil at Wembley.

However, it appears the FA are planning to make alterations to their vetting process in the future.

The Telegraph claims an 'urgent overhaul' will look at how the shirts are approved ahead of the World Cup in 2026.

The move comes following sensational reports that the man who signed off the new shirt failed to spot the colour change to the St George's Cross.

It is claimed that the design process for England's next shirt will likely have already begun.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and labour leader Sir Keir Starmer are among the high-profile figures to criticise the shirt.

Southgate was asked his opinion for the first time at his press conference on Friday and admitted it didn't look right.

He said: "I think they can put a quirky design together but you can't say it's the flag of St George because it isn't.

"It's therefore something else. The most important thing on the England shirt is the Three Lions.

"That is the thing that is iconic, that differentiates us even from the England rugby team or the England cricket team.

"I am a huge patriot. I believe we should celebrate St George's Day more than we do.

"But the bit I understand is people don't think we should have changed the flag of St George.

"If it's changed then it isn't the flag of St George! So I'm a little bit lost with that element of it."


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England shirt: The colours of the St George's Cross have been changed


The FA broke its silence on the shirt on Friday, saying that the colours are celebrating England's 1966 World Cup success.

A statement read: "The new England 2024 Home kit has a number of design elements which were meant as a tribute to the 1966 World Cup winning team.

"The coloured trim on the cuffs is inspired by the training gear worn by England’s 1966 heroes, and the same colours also feature on the design on the back of the collar.

"It is not the first time that different coloured St George’s cross-inspired designs have been used on England shirts.

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England shirt: The FA say they are not set to change the new design by Nike


"We are very proud of the red and white St George’s cross – the England flag.

"We understand what it means to our fans, and how it unites and inspires, and it will be displayed prominently at Wembley tomorrow – as it always is – when England play Brazil."

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