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England Wore Red Against Sweden For One Surprising Reason

England Wore Red Against Sweden For One Surprising Reason

It's not like most people would have been watching England vs Sweden thinking they were worried England would be playing in white so they couldn't work out which team was which but England were made to wear red.

We aren't sure if it's been mentioned at all recently but England did actually win the World Cup once, it was back in 1966 and it happened on home soil, football apparently came home 52 years ago.

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Back then most of the pictures of England's contentious 'over the line or not' goal and the moment that Geoff Hurst made people think it was all over were mainly in black and white.

England of course though weren't the ones in white and that was Germany with Sir Alf Ramsey's team wearing their second strip of red.

Dele Alli heads England 2-0 up. Image: PA Images
Dele Alli heads England 2-0 up. Image: PA Images

Ever since it's felt like England's red shirts have been the luckier of the two options and once again they wore it for their quarter final against Sweden, which they won 2-0.

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With the Swedes wearing yellow it hardly seemed worth it but according to the Mirror it's because FIFA decide whether or not the kits will clash on black and white television.

England and Sweden's traditional colours don't look like they're going to clash. Image: PA Images
England and Sweden's traditional colours don't look like they're going to clash. Image: PA Images

The world governing body have a few barometers on how to decide if one of the teams will wear their away kit and because some countries still broadcast in black and white that is one of them.

It's actually been part of the process how how FIFA decide if anyone wears their alternative kit for over a decade.

Clearly whoever made the final decision on Saturday thought that England's white and blue and Sweden's white a blue would look too similar on screen.

Having won the World Cup in red once before they'll be plenty of England fans hoping that they have to wear red again in the semi final and possibly in the final.

Could history be about to repeat itself? Surely not.

Topics: Football News, World Cup news, England, World Cup, Sweden

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

 

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