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.
This absence of red
may have been the reason for the introduction of the shirt as Croatia's red
and white chequered sleeves would have clashed with
the large red
patches on the sleeves of the 2003 black shirt.
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