England will be looking to continue their run of impressive performances at major tournaments when they travel to Qatar for the 2022 World Cup this winter.
Despite all the criticism that has been leveled at Gareth Southgate during the UEFA Nations League fixtures this summer, there’s no denying that he has a stellar record when it comes to the top competitions.
The vest-clad manager is the second most successful manager in England’s senior men’s team history, inspiring the Three Lions to within a hair of their first major honor since the 1966 World Cup.
England prepare for Qatar
And when it comes to Southgate’s one and only World Cup as England boss so far, he’s also delivered an unforgettable summer with a young, brave and brave side smashing their way into the semis. -finals.
Yes, there was no trophy to hold up and celebrate on the back of either tournament, but both results nonetheless represented an outperformance from a national team that has disappointed time and time again in the 21st century. .
And slowly but surely we are heading back into that golden month in the footballing calendar with England less than 150 days away from kicking off their World Cup with a clash against Iran.
Until then there will be plenty of speculation about who will feature in the England XI, who will make the squad in the first place, how far Southgate will take the squad and if, most importantly, he will come home. . or not.
England shirt for the World Cup
Well, you’ll have to wait and see the answers to those questions, but one of the few questions we can already answer about England at the 2022 World Cup is already what their home kit will look like.
The Three Lions have always taken part in every major tournament with a reimagining of the classic white home strip in the modern era and the tournament in Qatar will be no different with Nike readying their latest reimagining of the timeless design.
And through the kit experts at Footy Headlineswe were able to follow the rumor mill surrounding the new England shirt every step of the way with the first photo that was finally released.
First picture of the England home shirt
Early rumors had always suggested the shirt would incorporate more blue than its predecessors with an April showing suggesting it could be one of the boldest designs in England’s history.
And while the leaked photo suggests it’s not as loud as expected, all indications are that it still ranks among the most controversial – if not downright hated – kits on display at the 2022 World Cup.
However, before you find out why exactly that might be the case, be sure to check out England’s World Cup kit leaks with your own eyes first:
England’s World Cup Kit…. Not bad. But the women’s one is clear imo pic.twitter.com/LMpMIOUKVe
— Kamal (@LumpOfCFC) July 9, 2022
💣💣💣 𝐁𝐑𝐄𝐀𝐊𝐈𝐍𝐆: England 2022 World Cup home kit leaked: https://t.co/WmjFfxx1tL
— Footy Headlines (@Footy_Headlines) July 9, 2022
Leaked England kit for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Thoughts? 🏴🤔 pic.twitter.com/LzGxIWwtmd
— Universal Football (@UniversalFTBL) July 9, 2022
Are you ready to part with your money or are you not tickling your fancy?
We are not fans…
For the sake of transparency, your humble GIVEMESPORT writer really isn’t a fan and would go so far as to say this is one of my least favorite English home kits of all time based on the evidence so far here.
If anything, yours truly preferred the projected design where the blue effects married much more seamlessly with the white torso compared to the clunky looking end product’s lack of interaction between the main body and shoulders splashed with blue.
The texturing itself also seems a little cheap for my taste; Plus, I’m happy to raise my hand and say that the more blue-oriented English kits tend not to excite me anyway, with the 2010-2012 version also ranking among my least favourites.
And the general consensus seems to be one of negativity too with many England fans, as well as neutral supporters, expressing their displeasure at the leaked photo on Twitter. Check out the reaction:
Fair play, Nike
Now look, ranking, rating and judging football kits are ultimately completely subjective and we have no doubts that Nike’s new blue design will have many admirers.
And kudos to the team of individuals infinitely more talented than me who came up with the design because it was by being bold and different that some of the best shirts of all time were born.
Plus I’d be happy to bang the drum that Nike have produced some of the greatest England shirts in history with the current home shirt worn at Euro 2020 coming in fourth in my ranking of all the temperature.
It just so happens that, from what we know so far, the upcoming 2022 World Cup shirt isn’t particularly floating in my boat and, to my taste, looks set to be among the worst in the tournament alongside the next half and half design from Portugal.
In fact, I just wrote that, it’s still much better than the Portugal shirt…