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50 Cent"s rapping is small price to pay if he brings bling to the fight game – Jeff Powell Boxing Column

50 Cent's rapping is small price to pay if he brings bling to the fight game (just pass me the earplugs please!)

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UPDATED:

00:21 GMT, 11 December 2012

The future is loud. The future is garish. The future is bling.

So says the rapper who calls himself 50 Cent and is now investing considerably more than that in boxing.

Mr Half Dollar is offering to give the hard game of blood, sweat, pain, courage and not a few tears a glamorous makeover which he believes will attract a new generation of fans.

Is it a bird Is it a plane No it's 50 Cent! The rapper is lowered to the ring before the fight

Is it a bird Is it a plane No it's 50 Cent! The rapper in the ring before the fight

Is it a bird Is it a plane No it's 50 Cent! The rap superstar in the ring before the fight on Saturday

This involves theatrical ring entrances like the one he made prior to his fighter Yuriorkis Gamboa’s arrival on the Pacquiao-Marquez undercard here in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

Rapping away, 50 Cent was lowered on pulleys from the ceiling of the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

He was accompanied by pounding music, blinding light shows and strings of celebrities being paraded through the arenas to their ringside seats, defeated US presidential candidate Mitt Romney among them.

Gnarled old boxing followers are no longer enough, it seems. Not even when they bring their scantily clad molls with them to sex up the evening’s sport.

It is on condition that he can wrap boxing promotions in the trappings of rock concerts and movie premieres that 50 Cent is gambling some of his hard-rapped millions on the fight business.

Acrimonious ending: 50 Cent was originally involved in a deal with Floyd Mayweather jnr

Acrimonious ending: 50 Cent was originally involved in a deal with Floyd Mayweather jnr

The American boxing establishment are letting him come along for the ride, to see whether he can claw back some of the audience which is gravitating to the UFC.

That summit of mixed martial arts already packages its events in a similar youth culture.

While piggy-backing on Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum’s 81st birthday show at the MGM Grand, 50 Cent turned boxing’s attention to people a fifth of that age: ‘The audience demographic for boxing is 30 and up. The UFC’s key support is aged between 15 and 34. To tap into that future we need spectacular promotions.’

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To emphasise his commitment, he added: ‘I’ve always loved going to the fights but now that I’m involved its going to be expensive for me and I’m determined to make it work by expanding the fan base.’

When first granted a license by the Nevada State Athletic Commission 50 Cent went into a partnership with the Money Man himself, Floyd Mayweather Jnr.

That ended in acrimony almost as soon
as it started and he has crossed the Rubicon of the ring to join forces
with Manny Pacquiao’s advisors with an eye to future deals with younger
boxers.

Arum invited him to participate on Saturday, saying; ‘I’m always open to new ideas from young people so let’s see if it’s time to freshen up the way we do things and open up a new market.’

The timing was peculiar, since Arum has just realised the biggest-money live gate ever for boxing in Vegas – $10.5million from a 16,000-plus sell-out – a figure which is providing Pacquiao with a minimum purse of $26m and Juan Manuel Marquez with $6m to take home to Mexico.

Not only that but with Pacquiao
pledged to fight on despite his shock one-punch KO, Arum not only
envisages an equally profitable fifth fight against the body-building
Marquez but still anticipates his PacMan meeting Mayweather in a $200m
bonanza.

It is tempting to offer a reminder of one of the oldest maxims in big business: ‘If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.’

But traditional prize-fighting in the US has become somewhat paranoid about the UFC with all its razzmatazz, even though the highest ratings for pay-per-view TV audience here have all been set by boxing.

Despite its fan profile, mixed
martial arts has not competed yet with the pulling power down recent
years of Tyson, Holyfield, Lewis, De La Hoya, Mayweather and Pacquiao.

New alliance: The rapper has now joined forces with Manny Pacquiao (left) over future promotions

New alliance: The rapper has now joined forces with Manny Pacquiao (left) over future promotions

Nor, when it comes to big nights like Saturday, does boxing have any problem pulling in the Hollywood set.

It is the smaller shows which struggle to make financial ends meet but those promotions do not appear to be on the radar of 50 Cent and his associates.

And in all honesty not even the most high-profile of celebrity promoters would be able to persuade the likes of Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Madonna, Taylor Swift, Clint Eastwood, Jack Nicholson and the Twilight stars to turn up at non-title fights in small halls.

So the experiment with the sound-bite generation will have to be conducted in the glare of major events, which are already heavily hyped in showbusiness style.

Still, if 50 Cent can give the game a boost then the wearing of ear-plugs by the rest of us will be a small price to pay.

Big year ahead: Amir Khan is still just one convincing win away from title contention despite recent defeats

Big year ahead: Amir Khan is still just one big win away from title contention despite recent defeats

Khan must stay part of Brit pack for big year

Amir Khan sets about reviving his career in Los Angeles on Saturday but if he needs any further incentive to secure an impressive victory over the undefeated Carlos Molina it comes with all the announcements of big world title battles and final eliminators for his fellow British boxers early next year.

Kell Brook, Khan’s verbal adversary, gets his big chance against world welterweight champion Devon Alexander in Los Angeles in January.

Martin Murray travels to Buenos Aires in April to challenge middleweight king Sergio Martinez, a daunting prospect made even tougher in the Argentine’s home city but a thrilling one for all that.

Ricky Burns is being lined up to defend his world lightweight title against the fast-rising Adrien Broner in the US in February.

Nathan Cleverly has been pencilled in for the retirement fight of Bernard Hopkins, which will be a star-studded mega-night in New York in March.

A week later in the same city, Tyson Fury is being lined up for a final eliminator for a world heavyweight title shot – either against Vitali Klitschko or for the vacant championship if the elder of the big brothers of the game decides to retire into Ukrainian politics full-time.

Khan will not want to be left out and he knows that even after two defeats, a convincing win over Molina will propel him back into world title contention in 2013, which promises to be the year of living dangerously for British boxing… but excitingly.

Price is still right for Fury

Frank Maloney has called for a truce in the war of words with Mick Hennessy as these rival promoters steer David Price and Tyson Fury, respectively, towards world heavyweight title challenges.

Maloney admits the exchange of insults is unproductive. So while he is still asking Fury to meet Price, he accepts that the travelling man is likely to find a shot at a Klitschko preferable early next year.

If Hennessy can confirm the obvious about Fury’s priority they can go their separate ways for the moment without further rancour… while keeping alive the prospect of a huge British fight between the pair a year or so hence.

Come on gentlemen, you know it makes sense.

China Open 2012: Laura Robson beats Kimiko Date-Krumm

Robson cruises past veteran Date-Krumm to reach second round of China Open

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UPDATED:

11:33 GMT, 30 September 2012

Laura Robson advanced to the second round of the China Open on Sunday with a straight-sets victory over Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm.

The 18-year-old world No 57 saw off 42-year-old wild card Date-Krumm 6-4 6-4 in one hour 22 minutes.

Robson will face Lourdes Dominguez Lino in round two after the Spaniard overcame 15th-seeded Italian Roberta Vinci 6-7 (4/7) 7-6 (7/4) 6-2.

Easy does it: Laura Robson barely broke sweat as she cruised through to the second round

Easy does it: Laura Robson barely broke sweat as she cruised through to the second round

Martin Kelly out until 2013 as Liverpool sweat on Daniel Agger

From bad to worse! Liverpool's Kelly out until 2013 as Rodgers sweats on Agger injury

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11:41 GMT, 24 September 2012

Liverpool’s disastrous start to the Premier League season has gone from bad to worse as defender Martin Kelly revealed that he will be out until 2013.

Brendan Rodgers is still awaiting news on Daniel Agger, who had to be stretchered off after an awkward collision with Antonio Valencia during Liverpool's 2-1 defeat to Manchester United.

Not you too: Martin Kelly (centre) is the latest Liverpool player to be sidelined by injury

Not you too: Martin Kelly (centre) is the latest Liverpool player to be sidelined by injury

Rodgers’ side were forced to finish the game against United with just nine men after – having had Jonjo Shelvey sent off and using all their substitutes – Kelly was unable to continue having picked up an injury.

Kelly confirmed the severity of his
injury, thought to be to a knee ligament, by tweeting: ‘What I can say
is its not the worst injury I’ve had, and for sure ill be fighting for
my place next year when I’m back fitter and stronger!’

The 22-year-old admitted earlier on Monday that he was ‘fearing the worst’ ahead of the scan on the injury.

He said: ‘Hoping for the best but fearing the worst ;( got my scan at 8 then will let you guys know x’

Rodgers expressed his concern for Agger after his star centre-back looked to be in some pain as he was carried off the pitch at Anfield.

He said: ‘Fabio (Borini) had a badly
swollen ankle. Agger’s doesn’t look good, the medics were saying it
might be a medial ligament. We’ll see.’

Sweat: Daniel Agger (left) is a serious concern for Liverpool, as he too had to be substituted against United

Sweat: Daniel Agger (left) is a serious concern for Liverpool, as he too had to be substituted against United

Sweat: Daniel Agger is a serious concern for Liverpool, as he too had to be substituted against United

Sweat: Daniel Agger is a serious concern for Liverpool, as he too had to be substituted against United

Manchester United player Shinji Kagawa injured

United sweat on Kagawa's fitness after midfielder misses Japan qualifier

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UPDATED:

12:48 GMT, 11 September 2012

Shinji Kagawa has handed Manchester United another injury headache after sitting out Japan's World Cup qualifier with Iraq with back pain.

The midfielder suffered the knock in training on Monday and was ruled out of his country's match just an hour before kick-off.

Kagawa is now a doubt for United's clash with Wigan on Saturday and their Champions League opener against Galatasaray next Wednesday.

Worry: Shinji Kagawa (right) has suffered a back injury in training

Worry: Shinji Kagawa (right) has suffered a back injury in training

London 2012 Olympics: Usain Bolt needs rope trick

Rules leave Bolt in need of a rope trick… but he still eases through in 200m

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21:45 GMT, 7 August 2012

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UPDATED:

21:45 GMT, 7 August 2012

Olympics 2012

After easing through his 200 metres heat, Usain Bolt seemed more concerned with beating London 2012’s ‘weird rules’ than defeating compatriot Yohan Blake.

The 100m champion had his skipping rope confiscated once again but insisted he will try to smuggle it in on Wednesday night so he can warm up properly for his 200m semi-final.

Cruise control: Usain Bolt barely broke sweat as he eased through in the 200m heats

Cruise control: Usain Bolt barely broke sweat as he eased through in the 200m heats

'It's weird, some of the rules,' said the Jamaican. 'I had my skipping rope in my bag and they said I can’t bring it in. Next time I am going to stick it under my bag, at the bottom or something.'

Bolt's skipping rope was his only real worry as he jogged through his first-round race in his ‘favourite event’ in 20.39sec. Blake, the 100m silver medallist, was just as impressive during his 20.38 run in what he calls his ‘better event’.

The likes of Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre and the USA’s Wallace Spearmon are, you feel, battling it out only for bronze.

See you there: Yohan Blake was equally impressive in his hear, striding out to win comfortably

See you there: Yohan Blake was equally impressive in his hear, striding out to win comfortably

Great Britain’s Christian Malcolm, competing at his fourth Olympics aged 33, joined them after running 20.59 for second place. But James Ellington could only finish sixth in his heat in 21.23, his slowest time this season.

Ellington, so desperate to compete here that he auctioned himself on eBay to raise sponsorship cash, said: ‘I’ve jogged faster than that. I’m baffled — there is no explanation for it.’

Adam Federici extends Reading deal until 2015

Federici thrilled to sign contract extension at Reading to keep him at the club until 2015

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18:23 GMT, 2 August 2012

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UPDATED:

19:16 GMT, 2 August 2012

Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici has signed a new contract committing him to the club until the summer of 2015.

The 27-year-old Australian international joined the club in 2004 and his previous deal had less than 12 months to run.

New deal: Federici

New deal: Federici

Federici said: 'It's absolutely great to have signed this new contract. I've been here a long time, I've put in a lot of blood, sweat and tears so it wouldn't have been right to do anything other than sign again.

'The club has got great backing, there's a really good feel around the place, the club is only going in one direction and that's upwards.'

Manager Brian McDermott said: 'I am really pleased to have secured Adam for another three years.

'I have known him for a number of
years now, it seems like time has flown and he has constantly been
developing into a top class goalkeeper.

'He is a lesson to young professionals about what is required to get to the top of your game.

'His workrate, diligence and desire are second to none and we're delighted he's chosen to commit to us again.'

Royals chairman Sir John Madejski said: 'Adam has been an absolute mainstay of our football club for nearly eight years now.

'He is part of our backbone and was so vital in getting us promoted again. He has a tremendous pedigree and I'm over the moon he has signed for us once more because he is without doubt one of the best goalkeepers in the country.'

The club's director of football Nick Hammond said: 'This is a very, very important signing for us.

'Adam was the best goalkeeper in the Championship last year and I think he will prove to be one of the best in the Premier League as well.

'He is a magnificent example to young players of what can be achieved when hard work and dedication are allied with talent. We are all delighted that he has signed.'

Chelsea third kit 2012/13 revealed

Black and yellow: European champions Chelsea unveil new third strip

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11:50 GMT, 26 July 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Releasing three kits a season has become normal for many Premier League clubs and it's no different at Chelsea who have a history of pushing the envelope in design for their change strip.

And their third kit for the 2012/13 season is no different with the club revealing a striking yellow and black number.

In recent years we have seen the club run out in luminous green, luminous yellow and orange and black in strips that have garnered attention.

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Standing out: Chelsea have unveiled their new third strip for next season

Standing out: Chelsea have unveiled their new third strip for next season

That will also be the case with their latest release which although features yellow, a longtime staple on Chelsea change strips, looks more like a goalkeeper's jersey with its flashy design on the front of the kit.

According to designers adidas, the striking sun graphic on the front of the black shirt creates a contrast in colours, giving the impression of power, while the fade in the graphic represents speed.

The Chelsea badge is black and white and stands out against the sun graphic.

Although the kit is based on something as hot as the sun it is laced with adidas' ClimaCool technology, a mixture of heat and moisture controlling materials, ventilation channels and 3D fabrics which improve air flow to the skin in the key heat zones.

Sun coloured mesh panel also feature on the sleeves of the shirt for better breathability in core sweat zones.

London 2012 Olympics: A message to the moaners… BELT UP! Des Kelly

A message to all the Olympic moaners… BELT UP!

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UPDATED:

22:21 GMT, 20 July 2012

It's a crisis. It's a complete disaster. It's not just a shambles out there, people; it's an Olympic omnishambles. The Games are six days away and nothing works, absolutely everything is broken and the only solution is to cancel the event and send all those arriving at Heathrow straight back home on the next available flight.

Why Because according to reports, any fool venturing into London will die of carbon monoxide poisoning as they sit in month-long traffic jams. Or drown in their body sweat on overcrowded Tube trains. Or sink into oblivion trying to negotiate the mud flats otherwise known as the Olympic Park.

The mobile phone networks will fail, the internet will collapse into a black hole in cyberspace, pickpockets will steal everything, including your kidneys, and the entire country will end up bankrupt. It's a nightmare – and all because of the 2012 Games. You have been warned!

Stop moaning! Great Britain has lined-up a stunning Games, it's time we started enjoying it

Stop moaning! Great Britain has lined-up a stunning Games, it's time we started enjoying it

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Welcome to the pre-opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, a spectacle staged under the Latin motto Nos faciem malignus fatum, which loosely translates as 'We're doomed'.

This is what Britain does before any major event. The country moans en masse. We predict the worst. We produce a Doomsday Book of impending disasters and then imagine extra problems just so we can moan a bit more. Read the papers, turn on the radio or try the television news and it's moan, moan, Olympics, moan. The outlook could not be gloomier if Huw Edwards were reading the weather forecast. Carping and whining is the order of the day. But can I just make one request of the Olympic complainers Shut up. That's right. Shut up. Cheer yourselves up or put a sock in it.

There are some aspects of the London Games that deserve scorn, such as the private security firm fiasco and the unresolved issue of what happens to the stadium after the Games. But the country has gone way beyond expressing reasonable doubts on specific issues.

People are now complaining for the sake of it, moaning on and on about every tiny aspect of daily life in London – and then blaming it all on the Olympics. The Games haven't started yet. There is a last-minute dash to make sure all the pieces are in place for the most complex, detailed and demanding party staged not just in sport, but anywhere.

A Royal wedding is a village fete by comparison. At a World Cup, everyone plays football. The Olympics is 36 different world championships being staged simultaneously. But because it hasn't started yet, and nature abhors a vacuum, the empty space has been filled with the sound of non-stop moaning.

Just look at some of the so-called 'calamities' that we are told 'threaten the Games'.

Final countdown: The venues are ready and the competitors are arriving in their droves

Final countdown: The venues are ready and the competitors are arriving in their droves

Transport crisis

A bus took a wrong turn this week. Yes, that's right. A driver with a faulty satellite navigation system went the wrong way while shuttling American athletes from Heathrow Airport to the Olympic Park. Somehow, this made it to the top of the news agenda and the front page of one newspaper.

Had the man behind the wheel driven his vehicle off the cliffs at Beachy Head in his confusion, I could have understood. Instead, he merely took the wrong exit road, stopped, looked at a map, found the correct route and completed his journey.

But when one athlete on board whined about this via Twitter the story took on a life of its own. Former world champion 400 metres hurdler Kerron Clement complained: 'Um, so we've been lost on the road for 4hrs. Not a good first impression London.'

Obviously, London only exists to impress Clement. But it transpired the journey took a little over two hours, not four. And the runner might not be the most reliable witness anyway, since a day later he announced: 'In Wales. I'm so loving this city…' Yes, welcome to the city of Wales, Kerron, in that great country of London.

So, one bus out of 100 or more took a wrong turn. One athlete out of around 10,500 from 204 nations landing in London during Britain's biggest peacetime transport operation complained. And this was enough for the moaners to say, 'See I told you so'!

Crisis What crisis London is undertaking a huge project, hosting 36 world championships at one time

Crisis What crisis London is undertaking a huge project, hosting 36 world championships at one time

Road crisis

London always has traffic jams. There was a stinker at the Blackwall Tunnel on Friday. There is always a jam at the Blackwall Tunnel, but the difference this time is that it was because of the Olympics and Mayor Boris Johnson.

And there'll be more jams during the three weeks of the 2012 Games. But so what Don't drive unless you have to. The public transport works. This week I timed how long it would take to get from the Houses of Parliament to the Olympic Park in east London. The Tube took 19 minutes to Stratford on the Jubilee Line.

On the way back, I jumped on the new Javelin train and I'd barely settled in my seat when we arrived at St Pancras seven minutes later. If that were Japan or France we'd be saying how brilliant it was. Here, we just grumble that it'll probably break down at some point.

When Sydney hosted the Games, more than a quarter of the city took annual leave, another quarter changed their working hours and more than a fifth worked from home. They enjoyed their Olympics. Try it too, London.

Go to the concerts, the festivals and in the parks and the different spectacles staged along the Thames. Put a prawn on the barbie. If you're in a flood zone, it'll probably swim right up to your door.

Best mode of transport The Stratford hub is served by road, rail... and water

Best mode of transport The Stratford hub is served by road, rail… and water

Olympic Lanes

No, you can't drive in them. Boo hoo. They are annoying, but they are a necessary evil. They've been at every Olympics and London is no different. Did you think staging the world's biggest sporting event would cause no disruption whatsoever

Or did you believe Usain Bolt really runs to the start line just like he does in that advert

Weather

It might rain. I believe there has been the odd spit and spot of the stuff lately. But if it does, try not to panic.

Wear a waterproof mac, or put on some wellies if you are heading to a field. But don't go on and on about it. We live in a country where it rains on occasion. Weather happens. And although the meteorological process is often considered page one news at the Daily Express, the rest of us can probably stay calm and carry on. The sun will come out for the Olympics anyway. Just so Londoners can then complain it's 'too hot'.

Blue sky approach: So what if it rains It rains quite a lot in London anyway

Blue sky approach: So what if it rains It rains quite a lot in London anyway

Opening Ceremony Fears

This will be the world's most-watched television event. One billion will tune in to Danny Boyle's curtain-raiser. But we hear the show has already been 'slashed' by 30 minutes. I know, it's unbelievable, isn't it What a disgrace.

A performance we have very little prior knowledge of is about to have some of those unknown scenes shortened to make sure it doesn't overrun. Now, we may never see what we didn't know we were going to see in the first place.

And I, for one, am furious. I'll have to make do with just the three hours and a finish time around midnight.

Insecurity

This certainly has, on the face of it, been a mess. Private security contractors G4S are short of around 1,500 temporary guards. If you're wondering why, it's because the recruits, mainly students and habitual part-timers, decided they could do without being paid the pittance on offer.

So our squaddies, who have no choice, are covering the deficit and sleeping on chairs shoved together on site. The Olympic Park is now filled with the incongruous sight of soldiers in full camouflage pulling on high-visibility vests. None of it is ideal. It's been bungled.

But, if anything, Olympic security is tighter with the military in place than it was when we relied on Colin, a student of international tourism management at the University of East London, to master the X-ray scanner.

Military precision: The armed forces have sprung into action after being let down by a private security firm

Military precision: The armed forces have sprung into action after being let down by a private security firm

Some have even moaned about the fact there are twice as many soldiers at the Olympics than in Afghanistan. Let's ask the 1st Battalion the Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment where they would rather be deployed On patrol in Helmand Province, dodging snipers and landmines, or keeping an eye on proceedings at the women's beach volleyball on Horse Guards Parade.

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Some mistakes have been made. For instance, the ground-to-air missiles stationed in east London seem superfluous. All the organisers had to do was ask the locals for help.

In the event of any security threat, residents in east London could have been alerted by text message and simply reached for their handguns and fired at any incoming object from their windows, as is traditional in many neighbourhoods. It would have saved a few bob.

So, if you can hear me above the deafening whine of moaning, shall we let the Games begin It is a wonderful spectacle and a chance to showcase some of the best of Britain to the world. Of course something will go wrong.

There'll be a glitch here and there, hopefully nothing more. Some idiot will undoubtedly try to disrupt an event, people will have to queue to get home, something will break – that stuff happens. I'll be among the first to report any genuine botches as they happen at the Games, too. But I'm not going in with a miserable scowl.

Refueling: There's plenty on offer at the Olympic site - including quiet a large McDonalds

Refueling: There's plenty on offer at the Olympic site – including quiet a large McDonalds

This is an enormous festival, a sporting and cultural event that will live in history for ever. If you believe everything is a complete waste of time, money and energy, then it's your right to say so. But you've pretty much done that, I'd say. So can you shut your face now and let the rest of us enjoy the bash

The truth is, Britain loves a grumble. But most moan and gripe right up to the point when the actual event begins – and then wave their Union flags like crazy in celebration. So come on. It's time. Let's enjoy ourselves.

Euro 2012: England sweating over kit furore

Opponents Sweden put Hodgson's England in lather over kit experiment

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UPDATED:

23:16 GMT, 3 June 2012

England's kit could hinder them at Euro 2012, according to the results of a Swedish experiment.

Manufacturing experts Swerea IVF tested the kit of all 16 teams and concluded that Steven Gerrard and Co could get a little hot under the collar – they ranked England's last on the basis of how the material breathes.

Sweat 'n' tears: Steven Gerrard in the new England kit

Sweat 'n' tears: Steven Gerrard in the new England kit