FA defends multicoloured cross on England shirt as tribute to 1966 team

FA says kit has design elements that relate to World Cup winRishi Sunak says ‘we shouldn’t mess with’ national flags

The Football Association has defended the multicoloured St George’s Cross on the back of England’s new shirts, saying it was part of a tribute to the team that won the World Cup in 1966.

The design on the back of the collar has been criticised, with Rishi Sunak among those on Friday to speak out against it. Nike said on Thursday the “playful update” was meant to “unite and inspire” fans for the 2024 European Championship but the FA offered a different perspective on Friday.

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