Jack Wilshere has taken centre stage for the newly revealed England kit, tweeting the highly anticipated Nike Three Lions strip of a student at his old school in Hertfordshire.
Wilshere tweeted just before lunchtime on Monday:
Like this kid, my England dream began here, so he was first in #theshirt – England’s new kit from @NikeFootball.
Loved being at my old school this morning! Thanks to the kid who debuted
#theshirt from @nikefootball. More pics here http://go.nike.com/020inig5
The England international visited his old school and was involved with an academy of young, talented stars. Jason (pictured bottom left) impressed Wilshere and was awarded the privilege of wearing the shirt first.
Wilshere said on his return to his old School:
“This is where my dream of playing for England started and it’s great to be back here to see a new generation playing with the same passion
“I gave Jason the shirt because his commitment and work-rate really impressed me today, he showed that it’s what you do on the pitch that matters – from your first match as a nine year-old all the way up to the international stage.”
The new look kit ends a massive 60-year partnership with Umbro and the beginning of a spell with sports manufacturing giants Nike. The Football Association are signed on until 2018 which includes supplying kit and match balls to all of Club England’s 24 football teams, including the men’s national teams, women’s, Futsal, disability and amateur, and sponsorship and support of St George’s Park, the home of the National Football Centre in Burton-upon-Trent.
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The latest English kit pays homage to that anniversary by incorporating a number of historic, traditional elements. The simple design features a pure white top with a dark blue round neck collar and an emblem to celebrate 150 years since the Football Association was founded.
The three-lions crest which debuted on the very first England football shirt is in dark blue and bordered in gold, with a star above representing England’s one World Cup win and a banner below announcing the 150th anniversary.
The kit will make its first appearance against the Republic of Ireland on May 29, and then again in Brazil later that week, however Wilshere will not be present who is set to undergo ankle surgery.