The furious “woke” row over Nike’s new England football shirt has taken another turn, after a petition to remove the controversial St George’s Cross design from the kit hit 25,000 signatures and counting.

The kit was unveiled on March 18, and features a “playful update to the flag of St George” – where the cross is removed from its white background and displayed in shades of red, blue and pink – in what Nike said was a design choice to “unite and inspire”.

But the retooling of the cross has been slammed by commentators, politicians and – as the petition suggests – tens of thousands of dissatisfied Englishmen.

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