England are the home team for tonight’s Euro 2020 clash against Scotland at Wembley.
It sounds obvious but it’s not always a guarantee that a country playing a major finals game are in their own country the ‘home team’ – Turkey were the home side against Italy last week, for instance and there are quite a few examples of World Cup hosts playing in change kits.
However, despite this situation, it is England who have to modify their kit, wearing the same white change shorts used against Croatia, while Scotland are in all-navy – it looks like a mashup but it is their current first-choice kit. As can be seem from that link, Scotland do have white change shorts that could have been worn but Uefa don’t tend to like crossover kit matchups such as white shirts, navy shorts and white socks v navy shirts, white shorts and navy socks.
It is at least a better situation than the countries’ last two competitive meetings, in the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup. This was the period where England were in the original Nike Vapor style, with white shorts and red socks – the lower-body permutation that quite a lot of Scotland fans would favour – while Scotland had white sleeves on their home shirts.
While England’s arms were very light blue, it was still a sleeve-clash and a shorts-clash in Uefa’s eyes and so both visiting sides had to wear change kits. At Wembley in November 2016, Scotland wore their pink and black second kit and then, the following June, even though England had replaced their red away strip, the new one was navy and so the red was called into action again, worn with the red home socks rather than the blue change set.
Will we ever again see the ‘proper’ kit permutations on show in the world’s oldest international? We can only hope.