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Umbro Just Released Images Of The New Ireland Top And We Love it

Umbro Just Released Images Of The New Ireland Top And We Love it

It might not be a golden period in the history of our national football team, but things might well be looking up on the field - at least, when we lose now, we'll be looking absolutely fantastic while doing it.

That's right: there's a new Ireland kit and sweet Jesus it's a belter. This is the first Ireland kit made by Umbro since they were taken back on as equipment supplier, replacing New Balance with the job of making a shirt suitable to keep the sun off pale ginger people's backs in Salou and Santa Ponsa.

Umbro previously made the shirts from 1994 to 2017, a run that took in some of our greatest efforts - think the 94 World Cup and 2002 World Cup efforts - and some of our worst - the Euro 2016 one was far from a classic and looked bits of it were drawn on with crayon.

This latest effort looks fantastic and will be costing members of my family plenty of cash when I force them to buy me one for my Christmas present. The first time it'll be seen in public, according to Umbro, will be in London next month when Ireland take on the English.

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"Umbro Ireland is proud to announce that it will become the Official Technical Kit Supplier to the @FAIreland beginning with the Senior Men's Team for their friendly against England at Wembley Stadium on Thursday, November 12th," they tweeted.

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"I really like this kit," said Celtic defender Shane Duffy. "It's a little throwback to the past and I can't wait to get it on. The new away kit is inspired by the 30th anniversary of Italia '90 and the aim now is to make our own moments and create memories for us."

I mean, he would say that, as he's captain and can hardly say its a shanner, but in this case, he does have a point. On top of that, this is the first time that the Women's team will get their own version - and hopefully it'll be on their backs as they qualify for a major tournament for the first time in December.

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"It's a great step forward that we have our own women's fit and women's range for the Ireland teams," said Aine O'Gorman, veteran of over 100 games for the Girls in Green. "It's a different look to the men's kit and hopefully we can do the business in it."

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