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New England shirt resembles West Germany 1966 kit

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The new England kit was revealed by Jack Wilshere on Twitter - but just moments after it appeared online it was being compared by fans to Germany's.

Most likened it to the classic 1966 kit that West Germany wore when they infamously lost 4-2 to England in the World Cup final.

Arsenal midfielder Wilshere had been the first to tweet an image (above) to the newest England kit, made by Nike for the first time and emblazoned with a logo to celebrate 150 years of the Football Association.

"Like this kid," Wilshere wrote, "my England dream began here, so he was first in #theshirt."

The switch to black lining on the neck from the more traditional blue is what has sparked the debate. You can take a look at West Germany's 1966 kit here for comparison:

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Users soon took to Twitter to debate the shirt, however.

"Why does England's new kit look like it was made for Germany?" asked Lewis Taylor.

"So we are going in fancy dress as Germany," mused another user, Matt.

"If it didn't have the Three Lions on it, I would have said the new England kit was an old Germany one," added Tanky, before hashtagging #notacompliment.

But as journalist Rob Harris pointed out: "Sure Nike won't mind the comparisons with old Germany kits - it gets people talking about the new England kit."

And sure enough, 'New England' rapidly became a trending topic on the social network.

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