​England Team Will Look Very Different On Wednesday With All-White Kit Change

We're just a few sleeps away from England's historic match against Croatia on Wednesday, which will see the two nations battle it out for a coveted spot in Sunday's World Cup final.

And while you can imagine the players are gearing up for the big day with all the usual stuff (eating well, getting plenty of rest, LOTS of team talks), there's another important topic that's on their minds - and that's what they'll be wearing.

Yup, we're now picturing Harry Maguire and Kyle Walker strutting around in the changing rooms trying on outfits, working out which shoes go best while discussing accessories.

As lovely as that image is, it's actually a little more official than that - because it's going to be all-white on the night for England on Wednesday, thanks to good old-fashioned RULES.

Fifa regulations stipulate that teams are only allowed to wear two different strips during the tournament.

The first choice of kit for Croatia - red and white checks - clashes with both of England's kits, meaning they'll have to wear their other one, which features dark and mid-blue checks.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Only thing is, that clashes with England's first choice blue shorts, which would prove to be a problem for assistant refs and VAR officials. FFS, this is just like two people being worried about turning up to a party in the same top.

The solution? England will also have to go with its second choice kit - an all-white strip.

But get this: according to The Sun, that means that England's tradition of wearing white for World Cup semi-finals continues, having done so back in 1966 (try and stay calm) and 1990. Interesting.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

The Three Lions secured their first semi-final spot in 28 years when they beat Sweden 2-0 on Saturday.

The people of England were so stoked by the outcome that today seems to have welcomed something of a nationwide hangover, after people took the opportunity to celebrate with a few beers in the sun.

It can be a bit grim in England a lot of the time - let's not talk about the 'Beast From the East' right now - but when the sun shines, and everyone has something to get behind, it's not so bad after all, is it?

Croatia were named as England's opponents after beating Russia following a nerve-wracking penalty shootout, winning 4-3 to take them through to the next stage.

And if England gets through then? We can only imagine the size of that hangover...

Featured Image Credit: PA

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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