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England opt for blue kit ahead of Germany meeting

England have only worn their away kit three times since its launch in March. Credit: PA

England will step out in navy rather than their traditional white home strip in Friday's friendly against Germany.

Gareth Southgate's men will don the away kit when Joachim Low's reigning world champions come to the capital for a pre-World Cup international.

It will be just the third time England have been able to wear the 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.

An FA spokesperson said: "The Wembley crowd will have the opportunity to see England in action in the Three Lions' popular midnight navy away kit when they take on Germany.

"Due to kit clashes in recent away fixtures, the senior men have been limited to just two opportunities to wear their change strip.

"The forthcoming back-to-back internationals will now give England chance to showcase their away kit before returning to their traditional white home colours for the visit of Brazil on Tuesday 14 November."

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.

Press Association Sport understands this was a decision taken by the FA rather than Nike, with the governing body mindful of providing value for money for those that have bought the away strip.


US Fifa investigators 'look into Nike's Brazil payment's'

The logo of Nike is seen in a storefront in Sao Paulo. Credit: Reuters

Investigators are examining a series of payments made by Nike during a 1996 football sponsorship deal with Brazil for evidence of any wrongdoing, the Wall Street Journal has reported.

The US newspaper said that allegations of corruption surrounding Nike's $160 million agreement to sponsor Brazil's national team are are discussed in barely veiled terms in the Justice Department's indictment of officials in soccer's governing body, FIFA

The indictment describes a multinational US sportswear company that struck a deal to sponsor the Brazilian federation, and then cut a side deal with a sports-marketing middleman, who allegedly used payments from the company for bribes and kickbacks, the Journal reported, adding that the people "familiar with the matter confirmed the company is Nike".

Nike drops sponsorship of Armstrong's Livestrong charity

Lance Armstrong speaking at a Livestrong event in Dublin in 2009. Credit: PA

The Livestrong Foundation, the cancer charity founded by disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, said that Nike had dropped its sponsorship of the group, which is known for its distinctive yellow wristbands.

The group had flourished during Armstrong's cycling career, which saw him win the grueling Tour de France race seven times, titles he was stripped of last year amid accusations that he used performance-enhancing drugs.

Armstrong admitted to doping early this year and stepped aside from the charity, which he had founded after being diagnosed with testicular cancer.

"We expected and planned for changes like this and are therefore in a good position to adjust swiftly and move forward with our patient-focused work," the group said in a statement.