Has there ever been such excitement over a pair of socks? As the Socceroos kit for the 2014 World Cup was launched on Monday in Sydney, all eyes were on Mark Bresciano and Michael Zullo?s calves. Brought to you by Football Federation Australia and signed off by Nike, the return to white socks will be celebrated as a sign that the football community cares about its own history after all.

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Pink is not, for some reason, a popular colour for a football kit. There have been exceptions - a number of Juventus away strips and a migraine-inducing Everton strip from 2010-11. But the new Scotland strip seems to take fuchsia and then combine it with yellow hoops in a fashion statement that demands a reaction. In the world of Twitter, that reaction has been ridicule. The kit has already been compared to old-school British confectionery such as Refreshers, Fruit Salad sweets and Drumsticks.

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Scotland?s rhubarb and custard away kit has divided opinion so we turn to our fashion guru for the definitive assessment of the Tartan Army?s new threads. Scotland launched their new away kit on Wednesday, a lurid yellow, pink and white hooped number described by the Scotttish FA as "a fun, modern interpretation of one of Scotland?s most iconic jerseys" and described by everyone else as the football shirt equivalent of a packet of Refreshers. Or a Fruit Salad. Or a Zoom lolly. Or some rhubarb and custard sweets. Or a selection of pear drops. Or a fitting tribute to beloved 1980s puppet character Pob.

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