England will step out in navy rather than their traditional white home strip in Friday’s friendly against Germany because the Football Association are concerned that fans who have shelled out have barely seen England play in it.
Gareth Southgate’s men will don the away kit when Joachim Low’s reigning world champions come to London for a pre-World Cup international.
It will be just the third time England have been able to wear the £60 away Nike kit since its launch in March — and only the first time they have worn an away kit at Wembley since Egypt visited in 2010.
There is no footballing reason to play in the kit, so it appears the FA just want to advertise it to viewers.
“Due to kit clashes in recent away fixtures, the senior men have been limited to just two opportunities to wear their change strip,” said the FA.
England were unable to wear the away kit in recent matches at Scotland and France due to kit clashes, while Uefa judged it to clash with Lithuania’s green shorts in last month’s World Cup qualifier in Vilnius.