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09th Jul 2022

England women’s squad will not change colour of shorts during Euros despite period concerns

Callum Boyle

Members of the England squad have previously raised their concerns

The England women’s squad will not change the colour of their shorts during the European Championships, despite players raising their concerns over wearing white shorts while on their periods.

England’s winning goalscorer from Wednesday night, Beth Mead, raised the concerns during her post-match interview after the Lionesses’ win against Austria at Old Trafford.

She said: “It’s something we’ve fed back to Nike.

“Hopefully they’re going to change that [the colour]. It’s very nice to have an all-white kit but sometimes it’s not practical when it’s the time of the month. We deal with it as best we can. We’ve discussed it as a team and we’ve fed that back to Nike.”

Mead’s teammate Georgia Stanway also echoed the same views but understood it would be difficult given that fans associate England with “white.”

England women's kit

However a Football Association spokesperson told The Athletic that no change would be made during the tournament, but the request would be taken into consideration for the future.

They said: “We recognise the importance and want our players to feel our full support on this matter. Any feedback made by them will be taken into consideration for future designs.

“We will continue to work in close consultation with our partners Nike, while still following guidance from tournament organisers where possible in terms of colour choices.”

England women's kit

Nike also said they will take thoughts into consideration

The Lionesses’ kit manufacturer, Nike, also said that they had taken on board the feedback they had received from the players.

“We absolutely hear and understand the concerns of our athletes that wearing light colored apparel while having their period can be a real barrier to sport,” a statement said.

“We are deeply engaged with our athletes in the process of designing solutions to meet their needs, while also consulting the clubs, federations and sporting associations that set uniform standards and colours.”

England face Norway in their second group stage game on Monday at the Amex Stadium.

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