This request comes Jorge Primera, who is a mine of ideas and deserves an apology for not having them done sooner. In fact, he has come up with his own adidas template that can be adapted across the company’s contracts and will feature soon in its own stand-alone article.
For today, we are focusing on his suggestion of England in adidas at the last World Cup. First off, can you imagine the reaction if such a union ever came to pass? Obviously, the more measured media outlets would fall over themselves with ‘Three stripes on a shirt’ headlines, but another, more ‘patriotic’ (insert your own stronger word, if you wish) strand would have a field day. ‘Hans off our kits – England fans aghast as GERMAN company wins contract’ is one we wouldn’t be surprised to see.
Anyway, that’s all conjecture and you’re here for images rather than words. Jorge’s stiuplation was for the adidas Regista 18 template to be used for the first-choice kit, nodding to the Admiral 1980-84 strip. Back in 2018, England had a Nike training top that also took its inspiration from the famous design and it works well, we feel.
A lot of adidas teams in Russia had change shirts based on the Condivo 18 style, which featured squares made up of lines of differing widths.
As a top-tier nation, England would have had something more bespoke and so, as the real Nike away shirt represented the flag in darker red, we have done so in the adidas style.
While most countries still had the adidas logo on the back of the left leg, it’s included on the front here to give some navy balance to the white shorts.
While the actual second kit was only red and white, we have added navy trim so as to allow for swapping of shorts rather than the need for an alternative red pair.
The crossovers call to mind the 1991 Southern Hemisphere tour undertaken by Graham Taylor’s side.
For the goalkeepers, we’ve taken some licence in that (a) monochrome kits are the order of the day now and (b) the adidas 2018 style had its torso pattern rendered in just one colour.
Still, it’s worth it in the same of retro-themed strips, the classic yellow and black first-choice and the 1989-inspired shades of blue.
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