England end association with kit provider Umbro

 

England will wear Nike kits for the first time next year after ending their long association with Umbro, the Football Association confirmed today.

The FA announced American sportswear giant Nike would design and make the clothing for the national team's men's and women's sides at every level from spring next year.

The contract runs until 31 July 2018 and replaces the deal with Umbro, who Nike bought in 2007 but decided to sell this summer.

And rather than stick with the Manchester-based brand who have supplied England's kit for most of the last 60 years, the FA opted to transfer their allegiance to the parent company before the sale went through.

The FA refused to confirm the value of the deal but it is understood to be at least the same value as the contract signed with Umbro.

It also includes sponsorship rights at the new National Football Centre and Wembley and the supply of match balls for the FA Cup.

FA general secretary Alex Horne said: "I am delighted that the FA has secured this new wide-ranging and comprehensive partnership with Nike.

"It is an extremely exciting time for both parties with the opening of St George's Park this year and The FA's 150th anniversary in 2013.

"I would also like to place on record our gratitude to Umbro and their significant contribution to the game, the FA and England teams, over a 60-year period."

Nike Brand president Charlie Denson added: "The pride and passion of England fans is renowned throughout the football world and we are delighted to partner with the FA.

"We look forward to supporting England teams at every level with innovative product technology and playing our part to help develop the future of English football through our support of St George's Park."

England's current home strip was only launched in February for two years and any change of kit after just 12 months may not impress supporters.

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