Nike unveil England kit by mistake after Queen’s death forced delays

Declan Rice hoping England men’s team can follow in Lionesses’ footsteps

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Nike have mistakenly revealed England’s kits for the upcoming World Cup in Qatar after the launch date was initially pushed back in the wake of the death of Queen Elizabeth II. The Three Lions will begin their final preparations for the tournament during this month’s international break, when they will face Italy and Germany in the Nations League before travelling to Qatar in November.

England are set to receive a new set of kits from Nike ahead of the World Cup, but the away strip was unveiled by mistake on Thursday when the American manufacturer revealed a number of kits for other nations playing at the tournament. The launch had originally been postponed until September 21 after the Queen’s death, according to The Athletic, but a Nike marketing video showcased Phil Foden in a red shirt with navy trim juggling a ball.

The away kit appeared to consist of a collared red shirt with red shorts and socks, while pictures of Harry Kane in England’s new home strip were also circulated on social media. The latter boasts a modern design with a navy and sky blue gradient running across the shoulders, while navy shorts and white socks will complement the shirt that will be worn by Gareth Southgate’s men in Qatar this winter.

“Our new team collections represent the latest example of how we serve athletes with pinnacle product innovation from Pitch to Street,” said Scott Dixon, the vice-president of global men’s football at Nike, in a media release accompanying the promotional material.

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“With five billion fans across the globe, no other sport brings people together more than football. That’s why we’re committed to bringing our best to the world’s biggest stage, and everywhere else, and building the most joyful, brilliant Nike football community ever.”

It seems likely that England’s new kits will be debuted against Italy and Germany later this month as the Three Lions aim to round off their Nations League group stage campaign with two much-needed victories. The matches will also serve as England’s last two warm-up outings before their World Cup opener against Iran on November 21.

Gareth Southgate named his final squad before his World Cup selection on Thursday, with Ivan Toney the standout inclusion after earning a maiden call-up due to his impressive form at Brentford this season. Meanwhile, a number of Premier League stars including Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho were left out by Southgate, who did not hold a press conference to accompany the announcement out of respect for the late Queen.

A handful of players are still yet to stake convincing claims to make the England squad for this year’s World Cup and will be desperate to grab Southgate’s attention by performing well for club and country over the coming weeks and months. The Three Lions already have their established stars in the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Declan Rice, but several places in the squad are still up for grabs with just two months remaining until the World Cup finally gets underway.

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