different black shirt appeared during the 2004 European Championship and was
worn with the shorts and socks from the
kit, which had been
worn in the opening game of the tournament, against France.
Although it had the correct logos sewn onto the arms, and the match fixture
and date in white in the middle of the chest, the emblem was only printed in
white. On all other England kits, up to this point, the emblem had been
rendered in red, white and
blue. The other main differences were the two white stripes down each arm and
the absence of red on the shirt.
It appears to have been
a late replacement, because Croatia's red
and white chequered sleeves clashed with the large red
patches on the sleeves of the
2003 black shirt.
The shirt was from Umbro's 'x-static' range and was probably a modified
training shirt. The tournament patches were placed over the 'x-static' logos
which would not have been allowed to be displayed during a game.
number-22 shirt above was issued to Ian Walker, an unused substitute for
the game. It is part of
Richard Clarke's 'Three Lions - England Match Worn Shirts' Facebook
Collection. The first two photos (top left) are courtesy of Tim Gwinnett.