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The footie special

The big game, according to two totally cool menswear bloggers

Spotted Tu’s exclusive 70s replica England shirts yet? Two super-stylish menswear bloggers – Jordan Bunker and Joe Galvin – got their hands on a pair and took them for a spin. Here they show us how they styled them out and talk all things football with us.

@JoeGalvin

 

What is your earliest big game memory?

My first memory is me crying when I found out Gazza hadn’t been included in the 1998 squad. I’d collected these special edition coins before the tournament and Gazza was my favourite one so when my dad told me, I wasn’t too happy.

Who’s your favourite player of all time and why?

Might be a strange pick but I’ve always been a fan of Peter Crouch. He played for my team – QPR – right at the start of his career, which is when I really started paying attention to football. He’s such an imposing player – a fan favourite wherever he’s played – and the fact that he’s still scoring goals at 37 shows his qualities.

Is there a special England goal that sticks out for you?

For me, Owen’s goal against Brazil in 2002 is probably my favourite. Unfortunately, I’m not old enough to have seen England play in a semi-final but the period between that goal going in and Brazil’s equaliser was the first (and probably only) moment where I really thought we could win a tournament.

The tournament gets the whole country so invested. What is it that makes it so special?

It’s something that everyone can get behind with shared interest. Friends and family that aren’t big on football can be jumping off their seats come game time. I don’t think there’s anything like a big sporting event that gives everyone a shared interest and something to talk about.

How do you rate England’s chances this year?

The last few tournaments haven’t been great so I think the team needs to show the country that they can step up on the big stage. But there are some exciting young players going and given the draw, I think the quarterfinals are totally realistic.

How will you be watching it?

My friends and I are very particular so we already have a strict schedule where we’re watching every game. It’ll be a mix of people houses, flats and pubs. I think you should always watch at least one game at a big pub because the atmosphere is great and sometimes can stick with you more than the game itself.

What is it about classic football shirts that you enjoy?

I think classic shirts really bring you back to a certain time or players. And without giving the new kits stick, they tend to have a bit more of an interesting style to them so I don’t think it’s surprising that a lot of the new shirts for this year’s tournament have taken so much inspiration from previous designs.

How will you be styling your retro football shirt?

With a pair of shorts if the weather’s good enough. The colours are so bold and recognisable that you can let it do all the talking by keeping the rest of your outfit simple.

Who do you think will end up winning the tournament?

It’s going to be an interesting tournament as there are loads of sides like France, Brazil, Argentina, Spain and Belgium that – if things click – could be fantastic. There are still some questions marks over key things so it’s difficult to pick but although it’s perhaps a boring prediction, Germany have so much depth. Whoever can knock them out will probably be lifting the trophy.

@JordanBunker

What is your earliest big game memory?

It was the 2002 tournament held in South Korea and Japan. I was in my primary school years and I remember we all went in early to watch England in the quarter final versus Brazil in the assembly hall. I vividly remember a lad sat in front of me with a red St. George’s flag. We lost 2-1 and the school was pretty miserable after that.

Who’s your favourite player of all time and why?

As a kid, I felt everyone looked up to David Beckham. He played at the highest level in some of the best leagues in the world and did so much for the sport. It goes without saying that he’s also a very stylish guy. Closer to home, even though it was only a short period, there was something special about seeing Esteban Cambiasso in a Leicester shirt.

Is there a special England goal that sticks out for you?

It never amounted to anything but Joe Cole’s goal against Sweden in the 2006 game was very special. The technique was incredible.

The tournament gets the whole country so invested. What is it that makes it so special?

It gives people common ground. Everyone gets football fever and it’s an excuse for old friends to meet up and hangout. I personally can’t wait for it to start.

How do you rate England’s chances this year?

I feel the current squad of players are youthful and exciting. It’s something different. I’d like to see us progress from the round of 16 but it’ll be tough. It’s a cliché but anything can happen.

How will you be watching it?

Depending on what day each match is on, it’ll either be at home with my dad or with a big group of friends at the nearest big screen.

What is it about classic football shirts that you enjoy?

 You can wear them without feeling like a schoolboy. As a kid there was nothing better than getting your hands on the new kit. With classic shirts, you can wear them pretty casually – turning sportswear to fashion.

How will you be styling your retro football shirt?

 If the summer delivers on its promise, pretty much like I am here. With some loose trousers and a pair of sandals. Fingers crossed.

Who do you think will end up winning the tournament?

I think it has got to be Germany. The talent they have in their entire squad – not just their first eleven – is good enough to beat anyone this summer.

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