England ditch kit after only eight games

  • 20 February 2012
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England's football team have ditched their home kit after wearing it just eight times.

It's the lowest number of times they have ever used new shirts.

Anyone who wants to keep up with the latest design will have to buy the new kit which will be shown off at England's next match, a friendly against the Netherlands on 29 February.

That would mean spending more than £70 for a child's shirt, shorts and socks.

A lot of supporters are angry that they have to spend so much money so often if they want to stay up to date.

But the FA says that the money it makes from the sale of kit is put back into the sport. Umbro, who make the kit, says it's changed every eighteen months and the number of games played in that time varies.

The new kit will be worn during this summer's European Championship campaign in Poland and Ukraine.

We asked you what you thought and you can read a selection of your comments below.

Your Comments:

"Footy isn't about fashion it is about playing, enjoying yourself and hopefully winning!"

Thomas, 14, Manchester, England

"I don't think it's a good idea to ditch their shirts because it is not very good for the environment."

Matthew, 9, Newcastle, England

"We need to do one thing at a time. We're looking for a new manager, not a new kit."

Kai, 9, Chester, England

"I think that you shouldn't spend money on something that you don't need, because that money could be spent on other things such as books or school resources."

Joe, 9, kent, England

"I think that a new kit for a new competition is good luck."

Cameron, 10, Kendal, England

"I think it is a bad idea, it's a waste of fabric and money!"

Destinee, 10, St. Ives, England

"It's amazing that they are changing the kit. I wish them good luck and I hope they choose a good kit."

Priscilla, 11, Birmingham, England

"I don't think they should get a new kit because it means that every time they have a few bad games they will keep changing the kit and it costs lots for just a t -shirt."

Millie, 10, Kent, England

"I think that England shouldn't keep on changing their kit because if we keep changing it we wont know what kit to wear at a England football match."

Maddison, 10, London, England

"Who cares what they wear - it just needs to be comfortable and stylish."

Aldan, 10, Bedfordshire , England

"I think it is a good idea as long as it looks better than the other kit."

Andrew, 11, London, England

"We just feel sorry for anyone who bought one on the last day! To be honest, they all look the same and all England tops represent England!"

Luke And Callum, 13 And 8, Coventry, England

"The football team should change their kit. It's the teams life."

Keeley, 9, Surrey, England

"Surely the money would be more efficiently spent by donating it to Sports Relief? What sort of message are they sending to young fans? I think they would rather see their role models supporting charities rather than spending money on new kits."

Ellie, 14, Surrey, England

"I think they should keep the same kit because lots of kids bought it for the world cup like me, so they should keep it."

Conor, 10, Lisburn, Northern Ireland

"I think it's awful for children who have already bought it. England don't think about those families who don't have a lot of money."

Alex, 10, East Riding of Yorkshire

"They have hardly worn the kit and football isn't all about fashion!"

Charlotte, 12, Essex, England

"I think it's good that they are changing the kit, it's getting quite boring."

Kris, 10, Somerset, England

"It's not a good idea because it will take time to get used to and it will confuse people in matches."

Jack, 12, Manchester, England

"I got that shirt for Christmas and now the team won't be wearing the shirt."

Joe, 10, Blackburn, England

"I think it is a good idea because it will let kids know how good the kit can be because it is a bit boring at the moment and also everyone deserves a change."

James, 11, Worcestershire, England

"It's stupid because people might not like the new change of kit and might of just got used to the one they had before."

Hannah, 12, Greater London, England

"I think teams should never change their kits because once you buy the new one, the old one gets chucked to the back of the wardrobe and is never used again!"

Jordan, 13, Greater London, England

"I don't like the kit, but I think that it's a big waste of money to change it so quickly."

Jenny, 12, Barnsley, England

"I think it's a good idea because the t-shirts look plain."

Fatema, 10, London, England

"I think they're wasting our money - my Uncle bought that kit for my birthday."

Mohamed, 10, Swansea, Wales

"I think it's a very good idea that they are changing the kit. NEW KIT, NEW START!"

Louise, 11, Leeds, England

"I think that it is a really silly idea because we are recognised worldwide for our kit, it represents us as a country and if they change it, people may feel that they are not able to support us properly."

Isobel, 11, Buckinghamshire, England

"I think it's silly, it confuses people who don't know about the switch when England are playing."

Hodeyfa, 8, Birmingham, England

"I think it is wrong that they are changing the kit already."

Reanna, 11, Milton Keynes, England

"I think it's just stupid. My brother loves getting new kits but I don't think he wants to buy a new one yet. Also people are more interested in the football than what they wear."

Katie, 14, Greater London, England

"I think it's silly because its a lot of money. Also they haven't had the old kit for as long as they have before."

Eloise, 12, Devon, England

"It's so stupid, it's a waste of money."

Louie Clarke, 9, Hampshire, England

"I think it's a good idea, I mean it's only a kit ."

Jordan, 10, Belfast, Northern Ireland

"I think it's a good idea because sometimes you just need a change and you never know, it might be better than the old one."

Olivia, 13, Manchester, England

"I think that they shouldn't change it because it might confuse the fans!"

Catlin, 11, Norwich, England

"I think keeping the same kit is much better. It becomes like an icon for the team so they can be recognised by it. If it keeps changing it will be hard for fans to keep up with them."

Haroon, 10, Manchester, England

"I think that changing your kit after 8 games isn't very respectful to the fans. Some fans like to keep up to date with kit and they will feel ripped off as it is expensive. Just because you've had a few bad games, it doesn't mean that it's down to the kit."

Ben, 11, Middlesex, England

"I like to see my team play in new shirts, but I also love to keep the old kit - it could be a limited edition."

Lucea, 10, Lincoln, England

"I think it's bad for the environment to use so many shirts. I mean, sport isn't exactly a fashion parade!"

Louise, 10, Geneva, Switzerland

"I don't think it's a good idea since lots of kids have already bought the kit and it's just wasting their money."

Karin, 10, London, England