England replace white shorts in new kit for Women’s World Cup following player concern
- Latest design unveiled by Nike
- Feedback from players taken into account
- Lionesses setting sights on global crown
WHAT HAPPENED? Nike have unveiled their latest design for the Lionesses as they prepare to mount a bid for glory glory in Australia and New Zealand this summer. Feedback from players has contributed to a slight tweak in the standard blueprint for England kits, with stars of the women’s game expressing concerns over the practicality of wearing white shorts while on their period.
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WHAT THEY SAID: Arsenal and England star Beth Mead, who inspired her country to European Championship glory in 2022 as winner of the Golden Boot and Player of the Tournament awards at that event, has said of the need for kit manufacturers to take personal matters into account: “Sometimes it’s not practical when it’s the time of the month”. England did wear white shorts at the Euros and through their Arnold Cup campaign in February.
THE BIGGER PICTURE: The Lionesses new kit will be debuted in a Finalissima clash with Brazil at Wembley Stadium on Thursday. Their home shirt contains accents of “gym blue” on the collar and sleeves while the latest away design is also blue and features geometric patterns – in what the Football Association considers to be a nod towards the jersey worn in England Women’s first major tournament outing in 1984.
IN TWO PHOTOS:
For those that laid the foundation.— Lionesses (@Lionesses) April 3, 2023
For those that built the legacy.
For those ready to rise.
The new England Women's Nike home kit. Available 5 June. 💫 pic.twitter.com/uH2asyDVtL
Iconic colour, iconic art.— Lionesses (@Lionesses) April 3, 2023
The new England Women's Nike Away kit. Available 5 June. 💙 pic.twitter.com/eOaJRWgw4g
WHAT NEXT? England’s kit of the mid-80s also included blue shorts, with another break in tradition now being put in place. WSL side Manchester City announced back in October 2022 that they would no longer by using white shorts as part of their home kit, with kit supplier Puma changing their design to burgundy in order to help players “feel comfortable and perform at their highest level”.