England set to move to new suppliers

England’s kit looks set to undergo a massive revamp as Nike have taken over Umbro’s contract to be their official kit supplier, according to the Daily Mail.

It ends the sportswear company’s long association with FA, which has existed since the 1950s as well as the current £20 million-a-year deal.

Umbro’s contract with the England national team originally ran until 2018, but a new Nike-designed away strip could be available for fans as early as next spring.

The deal appeared to allow Umbro to continue supplying shirts for the team, despite Nike’s £285 million takeover of the firm in 2007.

The American company’s supposedly lucrative deal is likely to have turned the heads of FA officials, especially as Umbro are now facing an uncertain future.

It is news which looks set to anger the more consumer-minded fans, especially as a new Umbro-designed home kit was only released in February.

The FA have refused to comment on the story, but it is understood that officials were ready to formally announce the plans last week.

Manchester City are also set to follow suit and change from Umbro to Nike,  something which local rivals Manchester United did ten years earlier, as their £6 million-a- year deal signed in 2009, will be overtaken.

Mancini’s men will be kitted out by Nike from next season, ending their current 10-year deal.