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.