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England: FA release statement over divisive kit after backlash to St George’s Cross design | Football | Sport

The Football Association has stood by the colours of the St George’s Cross on the England football team’s latest shirt in a statement released on Friday. Despite mass opposition to the colour scheme, including from UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Labour leader Keir Starmer, there are no plans to recall the shirt.

Earlier this week, Nike unveiled England’s new home, away and goalkeeper kits for the foreseeable fixtures, including at this summer’s European Championships in Germany.

However, the US sportswear giant sparked a row over a “playful update” inspired by the training kit worn by England’s 1966 World Cup winners.

On the back of the collar, the traditional red of the St George’s Cross has been tweaked to show horizontal purple and blue stripes.

The decision has led to heavy criticism but the FA has no plans to recall the shirt amid a successful opening few days of sales.

An FA spokesperson said: “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.

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