​​Nike have dropped three stunning new sets of international kits for the USA, Nigeria and South Korea ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, giving England fans reason to get excited for the release of their next strip.


Combining art and science, the bespoke kits are visually mesmerising as ​Nike move away from the much-maligned template designs they have implemented in recent years.


Following on from the smash hit 2018 kit and its infamous geometric pattern, the new 2020 Nigeria shirt is equally wavy, fusing the traditional aesthetic of an 'agbada' robe with modern football design.

​Nike said: "The kit’s pattern was hand drawn and is highly symbolic of Nigerian heritage with nods to nobility and family." The nation's crest is placed centrally on the chest, with the classic 'Swoosh' underneath it.


The dark grey away kit is inspired by 'Onaism', a traditional artistic movement central to Nigerian design and craft, reflected in the trim details.


The new USA home strip boasts a simpler design, with a white shirt and blue collar and blue and red trim on the sleeves in a nod to the Stars and Stripes. The shirt number and Nike Futura logo adorn the right side of the chest, with the crest on the left.

The away shirt is different gravy, though. Predominantly dark obsidian, an abstract pattern gives it a flash of lighter blue - hand drawn by Nike's design team and pulling inspiration from the use of camouflage in high fashion.


Arguably the most visually stunning of the bunch are South Korea's, with the Korean Wave 'Hallyu' dominating the vibrant pink home strip in a pattern made up of trigrams from the national flag. 

The away version features a striking 'white tiger' print, with the stripes originally hand-painted by Nike's designers. The shirt numbers, crest and 'Swoosh' are in a bold gold colour.


In a statement, which will be encouraging for England fans, Nike said: "From hand-drawn prints to custom fonts, each team’s look will be its own. Counter to templatization, Nike designers had 65 chassis options available to them across varying necklines, sleeves, cuffs, badge placement, etc.

"In addition to the art of designing football kits, science is always at the forefront of the process. It all starts in the lab, where Nike captured data on more than 300 footballers and football-specific movements. The design team leveraged 4D visualization tools to bring the product to life before creating samples."

To accompany the kit releases, the people behind the '​Swoosh' have also dropped a pair of Nike Mercurial concept boots (pictured above). Built around a full-length articulated 'Zoom Air bag' that provides a unique underfoot sensation, the dark and light green boot with scale-effect features a Nike Flyprint upper - Nike’s first 3D-printed textile upper in performance footwear.