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England kit saga goes on as Brazil friendly met by fury over modified St George’s Cross

Many England fans have reacted angrily after the players took to the field against Brazil at Wembley with their collars down, showing off the controversial new flag design on the Nike kit. The decision to tinker with the St George’s Cross was met with widespread condemnation this week, and led to calls for the team to wear their collars up on Saturday night in protest.

However, the players instead all walked out at the national stadium with their collars down, much to the disdain of supporters. Manufacturer Nike opted for a horizontal bar and a combination of blues and purples rather than the red of the original flag, with the symbol clearly visible on the collars.

One fan wrote on X: “There was some pressure online for England players to ‘turn their collars up’ tonight. How do we all think that’s going so far?”

Another accused the players of being ‘cowards’ for not protesting, while one user suggested the authorities had ordered the team to wear collars down. “Why haven’t they all got collars up? Bet they’ve been told they can’t,” they added.

 

“It is not the first time that different coloured St George’s cross-inspired designs have been used on England shirts. We are very proud of the red and white St George’s cross – the England flag. We understand what it means to our fans, and how it unites and inspires, and it will be displayed prominently at Wembley tomorrow – as it always is – when England play Brazil.”

There seemed little by way of reaction from fans inside Wembley, with no jeers apparent as the side walked out at the national stadium. The 90,000 seater stadium was sold out ahead of the friendly international clash.

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