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08th Jul 2018

England will wear white for World Cup semi-final with Croatia

Simon Lloyd

England will play their first World Cup semi-final in nearly three decades on Wednesday night

A relatively straightforward quarter-final victory over Sweden in Samara on Saturday afternoon secured their place in the last four where they will meet Croatia, who knocked out hosts Russia via a penalty shootout.

Although it’s still too early to know any team news for the game in Moscow, it has now been confirmed that England will be wearing their all-white kit for the game with Jordan Pickford – assuming he starts – wearing all-yellow.

Pat Frost, England’s kitman, revealed the semi-final shirts had been printed on Sunday evening, confirming a return to white via a tweet. This was then shared by England’s official Twitter account.

Although white is traditionally England’s first choice kit, they’ve worn their red away shirt in three of the five games they’ve played so far in Russia. The exceptions came in their second game where they thrashed Panama, 6-1, and their final group match against Belgium, which they lost 1-0.

England are the away team for the fixture, but have been given special permission to wear their home strip. Croatia’s home shirt is traditionally red and white, meaning the only way to avoid a clash was for them to wear their all-black kit and for England to wear white.

Croatia wore their away kit against Russia on Saturday and in the last-16 stage against Denmark – a game they also won via penalties.