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Nike mistakenly revealed England’s kits for the upcoming World Cup in Qatar after the launch date was initially pushed back following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. The Three Lions will begin their final preparations for the tournament during this month’s international break, when they take on Italy and Germany in the Nations League before traveling to Qatar in November.

England are due to receive a new set of kits from Nike ahead of the World Cup, but the away strip was mistakenly unveiled on Thursday when the US manufacturer revealed a number of kits for other nations taking part in the tournament. The launch was originally delayed to September 21 after the Queen’s death, according to The Athletic, but a Nike marketing video featured Phil Foden in a red shirt with navy trim juggling a ball.

The away kit appeared to consist of a red collared shirt with red shorts and socks, while photos of Harry Kane in England’s new home also surfaced on social media. The latter sports a modern design with a navy and sky blue gradient on the shoulders, while navy shorts and white socks will complete the shirt which will be worn by Gareth Southgate’s men in Qatar this winter.

“Our new team collections represent the latest example of how we’re serving athletes with cutting-edge product innovation, from the field to the street,” said Scott Dixon, vice president of global men’s football at Nike, in a press release accompanying the promotional material.

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“With five billion fans around the world, no other sport brings people together like football. That’s why we’re committed to doing our best on the biggest stage in the world, and everywhere else, and building the happiest and brightest Nike football community ever.” .”

It looks likely England’s new kits will debut against Italy and Germany later this month as the Three Lions aim to end their Nations League group stage campaign with two wins indispensable. The games will also serve as England’s final two warm-up outings before their World Cup opener against Iran on November 21.

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Gareth Southgate named his final squad ahead of his World Cup selection on Thursday, with Ivan Toney the standout inclusion after winning a first call-up due to his impressive form at Brentford this season. Meanwhile, a number of Premier League stars, including Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, have been left out by Southgate, who did not hold a press conference to accompany the announcement out of respect for the late Queen. .

A handful of players have yet to make a convincing claim in England’s squad for this year’s World Cup and will be desperate to grab Southgate’s attention by performing for club and country in the weeks and months to come. come. The Three Lions already have their established stars in the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Declan Rice, but several places in the squad are still up for grabs with just two months until the start of the World Cup.

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