World Cup 2018 kit power rankings so far... As England reveal their new home strip, how highly does it rate?

08 February 2018 Author :  

England's new strips for 2018 World Cup look like winners, don't they?

Nike unveiled the new white home and red away kits on Wednesday afternoon, with stars such as Raheem Sterling, Joe Gomez and Eric Dier tasked with showing off the numbers that the Three Lions will be wearing in Russia in the summer.

But what about the kits being sported by England's opposition?

Nineteen of the 32 nations have shown off their new kits so far, so we decided to do what comes naturally to us, and get ranking.

 
There's a traditional look for Joe Gomez and Raheem Sterling (Image: NIKE)
 
And Eric Dier models the red away number (Image: NIKE)

Here's how we see the home strips that we'll witness at Russia 2018...

19. Russia

 
It's all bit basic for us (Image: Adidas)

The hosts could have gone for something daring, special and memorable for their time in the spotlight in the summer.

Instead they've just done what they always do.

18. France

 
Could be better (Image: xxxxxxxxxxx)

It's fine. It's just... meh.

Maybe it's the picture, but it looks a bit dark for our liking, and the fact that it's a Nike kit robs us of the glory of seeing the three Adidas stripes in there a la 1998.

17. Portugal

 
Anyone getting deja vu? (Image: xxxxxxxxxxx)

We swear we've been here before.

Isn't this what they've always worn?

16. Switzerland

 
Meh (Image: xxxxxxxxxxx)

We swear we've been here before, too.

We have, right?

15. Sweden

 
Nah

Right, you're having a laugh now.

Sweden have definitely worn this at every major tournament they've ever been in for for the last 20 years.

Definitely.

14. Mexico

 
Very... Mexican (Image: Adidas)

Mexico's flash of green is always welcome at every World Cup they grace, but they do seem to have taken the Route One approach this time around.

It'll do though.

13. Uruguay

 
It's a little bit simplistic, but it's fine (Image: xxxxxxxxxxx)

Another team in a distinctive kit, Uruguay do also seem to have fallen into the "a bit 2012 Olympics" mode with their effort.

12. Argentina

 
Yep, that's definitely an Argentina kit (Image: Adidas)

It's alright. Actually it's better than alright. It's an Argentina kit, so it'd be hard for it not to be alright.

All a bit paint by numbers though.

11. Egypt

 
Mo Salah will be running down the wing in this (Image: xxxxxxxxxxx)

The kit sported by Mohamed Salah and company this summer deserves to be a hit, and there's something about the check pattern on the shirt which makes it so.

It's bit different, and that is to be applauded.

10. Croatia

 
BOLD (Image: xxxxxxxxxxx)

You know what a Croatia kit looks like, and we're not going to insult you with any suggestions that you don't. This one seems a bit braver than normal though.

It's big, it's bold and it doesn't care who knows it.

9. Brazil

 
The Brazil yellow seems familiar (Image: xxxxxxxxxxx)

There's a slight hint of the kit worn by Brazil's 1994 World Cup winners here, and we like it.

It might be in the shade of yellow or the pattern on the chest, but whatever it is it gets a thumbs up.

8. England

 
Good, innit? (Image: NIKE)

Yeah, it's alright isn't it? As England kits go, anyway.

The collar looks nice, and the more simplistic design fits in well with the placement of the number.

Should be a winner, even if the team aren't.

7. Germany

 
Leroy Sane and Emre Can are here, and they're looking good (Image: Martin Rose)

As with the rest of this batch of Adidas kits, there is something of a pleasingly retro look to the number Germany will be wearing in Russia. And it suits them, doesn't it?

6. Peru

 
Sashes for the win!

It's Peru. It's a Peru kit. Of course it was going to be somewhere near the top.

Up the red sashes.

5. Spain

 
Nice? Si (Image: Adidas)

After the debacle that was the 2014 World Cup, Spain need to go big this time if they are going to regain their reputation.

This is a good start.

4. Japan

 
A strong effort from the Japanese (Image: Adidas)

Leicester's Shinji Okazaki and teammates will arrive in Russia in style in this sleek number that is sure to please fans in the Hipster Group H which also features Poland, Senegal and Colombia.

3. Belgium

 
Like the best Christmas Jumper ever (Image: Adidas)

Yes, it's a cross between something your Nan would knit and a football shirt, but by heavens does it work.

England will be fearing these shirts in the summer, and they are right to be both as intimidated and afraid as they're bound to be.

2. Colombia

 
Want want want want (Image: Adidas)

The best of the Adidas kits - and almost the best of all the bloomin' kits - is this effort from Colombia.

Look at it, drink it in, and immediately go out there and buy it the first chance you get.

It's glorious.

1. Nigeria

 
Wow (Image: Nike)

And while you're there, pick up this glorious effort from Nigeria that comes out as a deserving No. 1.

It's incredible, frankly, and is bound to turn us all into Super Eagles in the summer.

 

 

 

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