Socceroos unveil World Cup strip

The Socceroos will don a “uniquely Australian” playing kit at this year’s World Cup and wear white socks again when they take the fields in Qatar in November.

As part of the Socceroos’ 100th anniversary celebrations, new Nike home and away playing strips have been released. The home kit takes inspiration from the “fearless determination and fighting spirit of the Socceroos and the rugged Australian landscape”.

The “university gold” and “tour yellow” jersey is complemented by golden wattle flowers.

In connecting with nature’s “rugged” landscape and “rich” wetlands and forests, the shorts are a “green noise” colour.

Topping off the home kit is the return of the popular white socks.

“A new kit ahead of a big moment for the team is always a special thing and this time is no different,” Socceroos striker Jamie Maclaren said.

“I love how this new kit is uniquely Australian, drawing on our heritage while also looking to the future.

“We all know the history of those who wore the green and gold before us, but as a group, our story is never done, and we are looking forward to making our country proud as we take on some of the biggest names in world football.”

Coach Graham Arnold’s men will also wear a blue “away” jersey which includes splashes of green glow and represents the “creatures, plants, and reeds found in the waters (and) signalling the deep connection between Australians and coastal life”.

Socceroos winger Awer Mabil said: “It is always a proud moment to pull on the national team kit to represent my country and as a team, we can’t wait to showcase it during our next big game.

“Having played most of our recent matches away from home soil, this kit unites us both on and off the pitch with all Australians.

“It embodies the determination of this group and Aussies around the world.”

The Socceroos will wear their new home kit for the first time on Thursday night when they host New Zealand at Suncorp Stadium.

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