England forced to wear red third kit against Scotland

The Scotland shirt has white sleeves so England can't wear their home kit or new away strip, which is blue

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England players in red kit during the game against Slovenia
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England will be forced to wear their discontinued red third kit when they face Scotland on Saturday after Fifa ruled that there was a colour clash between the two nations' home shirts.

The problem arose because the current Scotland top has white sleeves. Under current rules this means it clashes with England's usual outfit, which is white with pale blue sleeves.

Last year it was Scotland who were ordered to wear their away kit at Wembley, prompting fury in some quarters, but the situation is even more embarrassing for England.

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"England's new second kit is all-blue, which clearly they cannot wear, so they have been forced to revert back to an older red strip worn twice since the European Championships in 2016," says Sky Sports.

According to the Daily Mail, England "confirmed in March that they were ditching their £60 red kit for the 2018 World Cup in Russia".

England's need to return to the red kit they discarded in March "may come of something of an embarrassment to Nike and the Football Association", adds the paper.

"The new dark blue away kit, which costs £101 for a full adult strip, was launched to much fanfare before England's 1-0 defeat by Germany in Dortmund but was quickly accused of making Gareth Southgate's side look 'like Scotland in disguise' in some quarters."

A row over security is also brewing ahead of the game at Hampden Park. The Daily Mirror reports that the Scottish FA "rejected a police request to move the time of this weekend's game".

"Police Scotland was unhappy with the 5pm kick-off time on Saturday, initially over fears regarding their resources and problems caused by extra drinking time for fans. The issue has been further exacerbated by the terror attacks in Manchester and London which mean enhanced security measures will be in place in and around Hampden."

However, the SFA has "stood firm" over the kick-off time, pointing out that it was set down by Uefa in 2015 and that tickets were sold on that basis.

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