‘It’s not the cross’ – Gareth Southgate insists he isn’t ‘creative’ enough to understand England’s flag design

Gareth Southgate appears to be in agreement with England fans who have been critical of the St George’s Cross on the new kit.

The Three Lions unveiled their new shirt this week, but the overall design was overshadowed by the decision to replace the red and white England flag on the back of the collar to different colours.


Southgate has given his verdict on the England flag colour debateCredit: Getty

The FA have since come out to defend the decision to alter the colours of the flag, but when quizzed on the design, Southgate delivered a prickly response.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s clash against Brazil, he said: “It’s not been high on my list of priorities, it depends which bit it is.

“I don’t know if the debate is about the St George’s flag needing to be on the England shirt because it hasn’t always been.

“The most important thing that has to be on an England shirt are the Three Lions. That’s our iconic symbol.

“It is what distinguishes us not only from football teams around the world, but from England rugby and England cricket.”

He added: “If you’re asking should we be tampering with the cross of St George?

“In my head if it’s not a red cross on a white background, then it isn’t the cross of St George anyway. It’s a hard question to answer really.

“It’s presumably some artistic take which I’m not creative enough to understand.”

England vs Brazil is live on talkSPORT from 7pm


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