English boxing champ David Haye will be the first man to wear the new Umbro England away shirt when he walks into Imtech Arena tomorrow night in Hamburg to take on Wladimir Klitschko.
Haye commented: “It’s an honour to represent my country away from home and as a football fan, the opportunity to launch the England Away shirt is a huge privilege.”
“I’ve had several messages of support from the England camp, including Fabio Capello, John Terry and Rio Ferdinand, so I’m determined to put in a strong performance and bring all the world title belts back to England.”
“Like many English sportsmen and women, I’ve faced opposing fans when I’ve fought abroad before and tomorrow night being in Germany will be nothing new for me. And I know that the support back home is immense.”
Haye’s entourage – because every boxer worth his salt has one, and a big one if he’s good like Haye – will rock the light blue Umbro anthem jacket.
There’s symbolism in having an Englishman wear the new shirt in Germany.
“Representing your country, at home or away, is one of the greatest honours for a sportsman. The football rivalry between England and Germany goes back years so David’s fight in Hamburg presented an ideal opportunity to launch the new England Away shirt. There’ll be many fans in Hamburg rooting for Klitschko however Haye will by flying the flag for England.”
The new England Away kit is constructed using modern tailoring techniques:
• Lightweight and breathable, the shirt uses mesh technology to increase the air
flow to the body, updating a design first introduced to the England shirt in 1970
for the Mexico World Cup
• Built using full polyester on the inside to draw sweat away from the body. The
cotton outer gives a smart appearance which drives confidence in the player
• Featuring a raglan sleeve and darting over the top edge of the shoulder, the shirt
maintains its shape whilst allowing freedom across the body