The very fabric of England

It takes a pretty special football shirt to make it onto the pages of the Esquire website. We featured third generation tailor Charley Allen's take on the England uniform early in 2009 and even the Brazil shirt made from plastic water bottles from this year's South African World Cup, but now it's the turn of England's latest kit, courtesy of iconic designer Peter Saville.

Though Saville, best known for his work with Manchester's Factory Records, has not actually designed the streamlined new Umbro kit, he has livened it up a bit, with a series of reinterpreted St George's crosses flecked across the shoulders in red, green, blue and (somewhat refreshingly) purple. The kit made its debut in England's Euro 2012 qualifier against Bulgaria on Friday, and though Saville's "Fabric of England" may not have been visible - not even in high definition, we might add - we were happy enough just to know it was there.

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