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Viewers Seriously Confused As England And Netherlands 'Swap Kits'

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Viewers Seriously Confused As England And Netherlands 'Swap Kits'

There was mass confusion last night as England and the Netherlands appeared to "swap kits" in a friendly.

The Lionesses came from behind to thrash the Dutch 5-1 at Elland Road, with Beth Mead hitting a brace and Lucy Bronze, Ella Toone and Lauren Hemp all getting in on the act.

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Even for a friendly win it was a huge statement from England ahead of the Women's Euros which they are hosting next month.

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But the main talking point for a lot of supporters was the two sides more or less wearing each other's colours.

Of course England typically wear white, with the Netherlands always associated with orange.

But on this occasion, England were sporting a blood orange strip and Dutch wearing a white top with blue shorts for their away kit.

Image: PA
Image: PA
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If you flicked on ITV and had no knowledge of the fixture, you'd have automatically assumed that England were wearing white and the Netherlands in their usual orange.

The legendary Ian Wright, who was providing punditry for the game, led the reaction to the kits:

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To add to the absolute perplexity, England's manager is Sarina Wiegman, who played for and managed the Netherlands - guiding them to their first ever women's Euros title in 2017.

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Image: PA

And that's not all. These days the Netherlands are being managed by Mark Parsons, the former Chelsea reserve coach who succeeded Weigman in 2021.

Next up for England is a final pre-tournament friendly with Switzerland on June 30. They then take on Austria in the curtain-raiser at Old Trafford at Old Trafford on July 6.

Further Group A games will take place against Norway and Northern Ireland in the South Coast at the Amex Stadium and St Mary's on 11 and 15 July.

Featured Image Credit: Image: PA

Topics: England, Netherlands

Josh Lawless
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