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Nike to replace Umbro as England football kit supplier

England football fans will soon see the Nike Swoosh on the front of the England kit as the Football Association (FA) has ended its long-term 60-year deal with Umbro.

Nike will create the kits for every England team and the first strip to bear the iconic logo will be launched next spring, with the agreement running until 31 July 2018.

According to the FA, the deal represents a “substantial investment” which will be reinvested back into the game across all levels from grassroots to the senior team.

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 resident, 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.”

Nike bought Umbro in 2007, but the US firm recently revealed it plans to sell the company.

Umbro was founded in Wilmslow in 1934 by Harold Humphreys. A number of teams have worn kits created by Umbro including Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.

By Kirsty Hewitt

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