Chelsea star Mason Mount is the cover star for a new kit release this summer for Euro 2020.
The Nike x Martine Rose “ The Lost Lionesses ” shirt is a genderless model released in July and inspired by the England women’s team that graced Mexico in 1971.
At the time of the tournament, a 50-year ban on women’s football by the FA had just been lifted and English footballers were playing mainly on park pitches.
Yet when the team arrived in Mexico they were treated like heroes, with 90,000 fans crammed into Mexico City’s Azteca stadium before playing their host country in their second game of the tournament.
They came out in the group stage and, upon their return home, were banned for three months by the WFA, who were in the process of building an official England squad.
And now Rose, who launched her eponymous label in 2007, designed the heroes-inspired kit of that sweet Mexican summer 50 years ago.
Speaking to FACE magazine for their Summer Sport Special, the genius behind the new threads for fans admitted there was tremendous pressure that came with designing an England shirt.
“It’s quite intimidating, actually, to do something like an England shirt because so many people appreciate it,” she said. “There’s some pressure, because you’re just like, ‘F ***, how do you do something therefore democratic? What are the parameters? What becomes of them then?
“Part of the reason I got interested in soccer tapes and used them in my collection is that 1989 is the year I feel like my world has opened up a bit.
“I was nine and started seeing all of my cousins going to raves and stuff. They used to go to the one in Clapham Common. Everyone was getting together and because it was on common ground, we could go there too.
“The 1980s were a time of terrible football violence. But by 1989 that had changed and I remember sitting down on the common and seeing people who we had been told to avoid dancing in a field at all costs, to put their arms around anybody.
The Three Lions hope to clinch glory this summer when their tournament kicks off on June 13 against Croatia at Wembley.
But when the jersey comes out in July, they could head to the final. Fans can at least dream.
The last issue of THE FACE will hit newsstands next week on Tuesday 1stJune. Read the full story on their site here.