Fran Kirby comments on the New England Women’s Kit

So we caught up with Chelsea star Fran Kirby in February to talk about her childhood kit memories and find out what she thinks of the new Nike kits for 2022.

The 2022 edition, the first new Lionesses kits in three years, features an all-white home kit and a crimson away kit to form a bold new look when we kick off UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 on home soil this summer.

And as Kirby prepares to report for the squad’s pre-EURO camp, you can read our little Q&A with her below…

Do you remember your first kit?

My first kit was white and blue striped back when I played for Caversham Trents. It was ten times too big for me – which it probably still would be today, to be fair, considering how short I am!

Did you have club shirts growing up?

All my family is from the far north and my dad is from Sunderland so me and my brother always had Sunderland shirts, the ones with Reg Vardy on the front. Kevin Phillips played for them back then and I loved watching him play.

What was your first professional club or national team jersey? I remember being given an England U23 shirt and it was white with a black collar, black number on the front and it was a nice shirt. Then my England debut kit was the one that was all white and had the blue number.

Were there any special numbers that you used to have on the back of your shirts?

I used to always have the number ten on the back of my shirts. Always. Even when my mother bought me England shirts, they always had the number ten on the back.

What is your favorite England shirt of all time? I really like last year’s red away kit. It was special for the women’s team, it was a bit different and I really liked it.

What are your thoughts on the two new kits?

I really like the two new sets. Obviously with England we always want white as the main home color and then this year we have the badge with a gloss on it. And with the away kit, I like bright colors and colors that stand out, so it’s nice to have an away kit that stands out like that.

What are you hoping for from these kits?

The goal, of course, is to be successful at the EURO and do whatever it takes to win the trophy. As EURO takes place in England it will be a special time for many people and we will do everything we can to play well in these shirts and do everything we can to win the trophy.

Seeing the impact the men’s team had on the country during EURO 2022, does it make you particularly excited to bring everyone together like this?

Yes! For sure. We want to jump on the bandwagon that the men’s team started and move on. We want to get everyone involved in the tournament and hope to get the same kind of positive reactions from the crowds and spectators. We’ll do everything we can to make sure it’s a good summer for everyone.”

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