Following a sneak peak around a fortnight ago, European nation England have officially revealed the new away shirt that they will wearing in the event of a colour clash at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Under Fabio Capello, the team will be hopeful of progressing beyond the quarter finals which has been their major stumbling block in recent tournaments. The group stage draw has been kind to them with USA, Slovenia and Algeria expected to be brushed aside effortlessly. Likely opponents in the second round are either Serbia, Ghana or Australia. If the team overcomes that challenge, they may well meet France or Argentina in the quarter finals.
The new 2010 England away shirt is predominately red with white sleeve cuffs and a different darker shade of red that runs down the shoulders and sleeves. The collar is the same shade of red as the body of the shirt and is presented in a round neck style with a high back. Manufacturers Umbro place their white logo in the top right of the shirt whilst the three lions national badge is present in the top left. A single red star is sewn above the badge to represent the country’s one World Cup triumph back in 1966. Other details include white shorts with a single red side stripe, red badge and red Umbro logo. The socks are also mainly red with a white foot segment.
The shirt itself was launched at a Kasabian gig held at the Olympia Theatre in Paris, France on February 8th. Lead singer Tom Meighan donned the shirt before coming out on stage and performing a number with it on.
He said: “England under Fabio Capello are seriously impressive. He can take them all the way to World Cup glory. They have the best chance they could ever have – only they can mess it up. I just hope they do really well. Wayne Rooney is s***-hot when he’s on form. Out of everyone, he’s the one who could win England the World Cup. He’s one of the best forwards in the world – up there with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. But we need Stevie Gerrard to find some form in the midfield and get it together.”
When asked whether the band would consider releasing an official England World Cup record, Meighan was very quick to dismiss the idea.
He said: “I thought Three Lions was awesome. It’s the b*******. It may sound s*** listening back to it sometimes, but it worked. It was perfect for the time. It hit a nerve. We’d never do one. Not even a cover of World In Motion.”