New England kit revealed ahead of Wembley friendly

 

The new England kit, which is set to be worn for the first time against the Republic of Ireland on 29 May at Wembley, has been unveiled.

England and Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere tweeted a picture of a student from his old school wearing the shirt.

Nike have taken over from Umbro as the Football Association's kit supplier this year.

The deal with Nike lasts until 2018 and brings a 60-year association with Umbro to an end.

Wilshere said on his official Twitter account:  "Like this kid, my England dream began here, so he was first in #theshirt."

The shirt is also emblazoned with the FA's 150th anniversary badge.

Former England international and Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker said on his Twitter account:  "Smart move by the FA and Nike to go slightly German with the strip. If you can't beat 'em..."

The new England round-neck shirt bears resemblance to West Germany's 1974 World Cup-winning kit, as worn by captain Franz Beckenbauer (pictured above).

Nike sold UK sports brand Umbro to US clothing company Iconix Brand Group for $225m (£140m) in October 2012.

The American sportswear giant had acquired Umbro in 2007 in a $580m (£285m) deal.