The kit that Northern Ireland will be hoping to wear at next year’s World Cup has leaked online – and it is positively stunning.
For their latest batch of international shirts, manufacturers Adidas have decided to go retro, and redesign classic shirts of the past with a modern touch. This means that the likes of Germany, Spain, Argentina and Belgium will be taking to the pitch in Russia with old-school individual designs, rather than all being based one one template.
For Northern Ireland, Adidas have made a kit inspired by the side’s famous World Cup 1982 appearance, in which they stunned the world as Gerry Armstrong’s goal sealed a 1-0 victory against hosts Spain (a match that current Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill also played in).
The kit leaked on FootyHeadlines on Monday, and looks markedly different to their current strip as they dispense with the navy sleeves/trim and go all-green (with the trademark Adidas three stripes down the side):
And this is the 1982 kit, upon which the new design is based:
As there is no official release date for the new shirt, it is highly unlikely that Michael O’Neill’s side will be wearing it in their World Cup play-off against Switzerland next month. Instead, it is likely to be 2018 before it gets its first public airing.