You’re used to seeing her in blue, but here’s how our Fran will look when she steps out with the rest of the Lionesses at the Women’s World Cup in France, writes Jane Grove.
The Chelsea Women striker is the new Lady in Red – dark red crush, to be precise. The new England kit was unveiled this week, with white and red versions.
The team, fresh from victory in the SheBelieves Cup, will first sport the white home version in their meeting with Canada at Manchester City’s Academy Stadium on Friday April 5.
The kits have been designed by Nike as a new take on the traditional England designs. The white kit has dark red cuffs and socks which incorporate flowers from different English regions.
The red kit, as modelled above by Fran Kirby, is a new darker shade with the St George’s Cross on the shirt.
Baroness Sue Campbell, FA director of women’s football, said: “It’s the first time our women’s team have had their own unique and exclusive kits, which is a real marker of progress and an indicator of how much the profile of the women’s game has grown in this country.
“We are all looking forward to the World Cup and I know the players can’t wait to wear the new kits.”
Fran said: “It is great to see kits designed specifically with us in mind. The home kit seems really classic while the pattern of the away is exciting and new.”
Looking ahead to the tournament, captain Steph Houghton added: “We have gone close a couple of times now and the response has been amazing. It feels like there is genuine momentum behind the team, bigger and bigger with each major tournament we play, and another successful summer can really help push women’s football to the next level.”