England has dropped a new prematch jersey hours before a historic friendly against Scotland. The shirt is wonderful, but at the same time, it seems to be a huge missed opportunity.

So, what’s the fuss?

The English and Scottish teams will face each other on Tuesday, September 12, in a match commemorating the 150th anniversary of their first-ever international game, which ended in a goalless draw on November 30, 1872.

Sure, it’s the 151st, but they couldn’t find a better date.

Anyhow. The Three Lions will don a special prematch jersey to mark the occasion.

England prematch jersey vs. Scotland

The shirt goes full white, including the logos of Nike and the mobile company EE. The only exception is the England badge, which is an enhanced version of the emblem the national team used during that historic game against Scotland and then until the 1950s.

Of course, the 1872 below the badge has been added for the commemorative match.

The result is eye-popping and makes you wish to see England (and Nike) playing the game wearing the kit. Even more when you know that Scotland (and adidas) has created an equally stunning uniform that will be showcased during the whole friendly.

Look at this:

And yes, England should have thought this through better.

However, the decision to use the jersey only as a prematch shirt is not the only one that seems like a missed opportunity. The other questionable move is the fact you will not see the tee in stores.

England will auction the shirts worn against Scotland, giving away the profit to the Alzheimer Society, which – of course – is phenomenal. However, wouldn’t it have been great to sell a batch to increase that money going to charity?

Just a thought. Maybe next time.


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