Nike Set to Become England’s Kit Manufacturer

The FA have confirmed that the Three Lions will be sporting the Swoosh of Nike from as early next spring, marking the end of England’s long standing relationship with Umbro. 

Nike seem to slowly be taking over all of Umbro’s major kit sponsorship deals as it is allegedly in the process of selling the English brand. If the deal does go through it will be a huge blow to Umbro as it just recently lost a lucrative deal with Premier League Champions, Manchester City.

The English FA have agreed the deal with Nike with part of its reason being the uncertainty surrounding the future of the Cheadle based brand. For football kit enthusiasts it’s certainly a huge blow, as Umbro have produced some absolutely quality kits (see Man City’s kits from this year). The English public, who are a very influential body, may view this deal in a negative light due to the fact that their national team will be kitted out by an American brand, rather than an English one.

For Nike on the other hand, this deal will be nothing short of huge. Many up and coming England players, like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Theo Walcott, both of whom are Nike sponsored players, will now sport the swoosh for both their club and country (providing that Adidas don’t replace Nike at Arsenal). Not to mention, to have England, who are maybe not the best, but one of the most famous national teams, on its books will prove to be a huge source of income for the American brand.

What do you think about Nike replacing Umbro as the kit manufacturer for England? Leave your comments in the section below. 

About Isaac Abraham

Isaac joined what was then Soccer Equipment Reviews in 2010 in need of a new pair of boots after losing his trusty adiPure III in a taxi - he has been writing for the site ever since. Based in Hong Kong, he is always on the lookout for unreleased boot spots, as well as new releases and generally interesting stories to cover.


  1. Michael Horton

    Bad Move

  2. Jacob

    Everyone needs to stop with the praise of City’s Kit. Although the away one is quite possibly the nicest 12/13 kit, the home and third are awful, really bad designs.

  3. Stormy

    that sucks, i think umbro kits are really classy

  4. Ryan

    Why are people making such a big deal about Nike grabbing Man City’s and England’s jersey deals… Nike owns Umbro.

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