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Winning look as NI stars kitted out in tres chic style for Euros

By Laura Abernethy

When you're playing in a country that's as famous for its fashion as it is for its football, putting on a great performance both on and off the pitch is de rigueur.

And now the Northern Ireland football team have been suited and booted for Euro 2016 this summer.

With just over 11 weeks to go, the green and white football shirts were given a bit of an upgrade when some of the boys were fitted out for their bespoke navy three-piece suits, white shirts and green and navy ties on Saturday.

The stars also swapped their football boots for a pair of brown Derby shoes to complete the magnifique new look.

The official suit was unveiled by Belfast menswear retailer Bogart, which joined forces with lifestyle brand Herbie Frogg to design and produce the official suit for Northern Ireland's first appearance in a major football tournament in 30 years.

Players Gareth McAuley, Jonny Evans, Paddy McNair and Oliver Norwood took time out from preparations for tonight's friendly against Slovenia to get kitted out in their new get-up.

The rest of the team and officials travelling to France are due to be fitted in the coming weeks.

Fans and supporters planning to follow the boys to France will also be able to pick up one of the official ties for the tournament.

John Keenan, managing director of Bogart, said: "We've been working closely with the Irish FA and Herbie Frogg to ensure we get the best possible design and style of the team's suit.

"We're very proud of the finished product and delighted to be able to let the fans see what the players will be wearing when they board that plane for France.

"As Belfast's oldest city centre menswear retailer, having been in business for almost half-a-century, our name is synonymous with the city.

"This summer is Northern Ireland's big chance to shine on the world stage and it's fitting that they will be wearing suits supplied by a family firm which is so strongly committed to the local market."

Sinclair White of Herbie Frogg said: "The bespoke Herbie Frogg three-piece suit which the Northern Ireland players and officials will be wearing in France will ensure the country is represented with style and sophistication throughout the tournament.

"It was very important for Northern Ireland's famous green to be a prominent part of the tie and we have teamed this with a cutting-edge navy jacket, waistcoat and trousers. The players enjoyed getting fitted out and will no doubt wear their suits with pride in France."

Oonagh O'Reilly, Irish FA sales and marketing director, said: "Naturally, the players are all looking forward to this year's most eagerly awaited football competition. It's the first time Northern Ireland have qualified for a major tournament in 30 years and this suit deal will ensure the players look the part off the field.

"We are delighted we have been able to support Northern Ireland businesses through this deal."

Preparations for the historic tournament are well under way across Northern Ireland. Earlier this month McCombs travel unveiled the official coach that will transport the team in France.

The coach is painted in Northern Ireland's colours of green and white and emblazoned with #daretodream, which was used by fans in the build-up to qualifying for the tournament.

Fans have also been getting in the mood for the championships and a number of unofficial songs recorded and released ahead of the group games, which will begin against Poland on June 12 in Nice.

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