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England expects

May 27, 2009
By Jon Carter
(Archive)

Not the best time to reveal a new shirt - just before the national anthem before a friendly against Slovakia - but, shameless PR aside, it's not a bad shirt.

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First off, it's not a 'jersey' as most football tops are these days, but actually a shirt. Lookswise, it is pretty much just a regular polo-style shirt but has a soft, cotton feel to it, while also maintaining the usual lightness of a match outfit.

The moisture-wicking fabric and vents on the back and underarms are great for keeping the sweat away from your body, while it's a classic white, England design with Umbro and England logos.

The idea behind the design seems to be that you can wear it out and about and it's not necessarily for football, while also harking back to the days when a team's shirt had a collar and full polo-shirt look.

It works. It's simple, understated and a nice, comfortable fit - without too much of the weird mesh material you can sometimes find on these kinds of things.

While training in your shirt, try a kick-about with the 2010 World Cup training ball. A great man once said, 'smaller ball, smaller spaces' and this little gem should keep your technique up to scratch.

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