Getting shirty! FA confirm England kit schedule after debacle over last strip

Getting shirty! FA confirm England kit schedule after debacle over last strip

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11:12 GMT, 29 March 2012

The FA have confirmed England will wear the new white strip in three of the forthcoming five games – including two European Championship matches – after the furore which saw the last home kit worn for the fewest times ever.

England revealed the new home kit against Holland for the first time in February – just eight games after launching their previous strip.

The news sparked a row with fans, furious that they had to shell out money on a replica shirt despite the players wearing it so few times.

Euro outfit: This is how England will look at this summer's tournament

Euro outfit: This is how England will look at this summer's tournament

The previous kit was first aired against Bulgaria at Wembley in September 2010 and lasted throughout the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign before it was worn for the last time during November's 1-0 friendly win over Sweden.

England take on Norway and Belgium ahead of Euro 2012, where they face France, Sweden and Ukraine in what will be a tight Group D.

They will wear the change kit of dark blue against Norway, before wearing the new home kit against Belgium at Wembley on June 2.

Out with the old: England wore the new strip for the first time against Holland

Out with the old: England wore the new strip for the first time against Holland

At the Euros, England will line-up in their home kit in the opener against France before wearing the away shirt against Sweden and then its back into the home kit for the clash with Ukraine.

Hello, goodbye: England wore this strip just eight times

Hello, goodbye: England wore this strip just eight times

Unlike most club teams, England kits have an 18-month cycle period which usually usher in a new range ahead of major tournaments.

The blue away strip was unveiled last year and will not be replaced until 2013 but fans are still outraged ahead of sales for the new 45 home number.

PS: Here's what the kit could look like against the Germans at Euro 2012…

Video game makers EA Sports have released images of their forthcoming Euro 2012 release (available to download on April 24) with England midfielder Steven Gerrard shaping up a shot in Poland against Germany.

In the game: Steven Gerrard in action against Germany in the new Euro 2012 game from EA Sports

In the game: Steven Gerrard in action against Germany in the new Euro 2012 game from EA Sports