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Euro 2010 qualifiers kick off with new home kit

Umbro’s new England football team home kit will be unveiled tonight when Gerrard and co take on Bulgaria in the first of their Euro 2012 qualifiers at Wembley.

Designed by the Manchester-based sportswear brand, the white shirt features a print on the shoulder panels which consists of the repetition of an interpretation of the St George’s cross.

The pattern, which is reminiscent of the basting stitches synonymous with bespoke tailoring, was created by graphic designer Peter Saville – best known for his work designing album sleeves for Joy Division and New Order.

The traditional red cross is joined by crosses in the blue and green of the England team crest. There are also purple crosses - a blend of red, blue and green, which represents Saville’s vision of modern England as an increasingly diverse society.

Umbro took inspiration from the more formal shirts of England’s footballing past for the shape of the new shirt. The longer, more open neckline allows additional movement, helping the shirt keep its shape. The royal blue shorts and trim on the white socks draw on the colour of the three lions crest.

The home goalkeeper’s shirt in black with a purple trim was inspired by the cut-line on a formal shirt.

Retailing from £49.99, the kit will be available for sale from umbro.com from October 12.

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