Why are England wearing their blue kit against Australia?

That’s despite the normal white strip not particularly clashing with Australia’s deep gold and green home kit – but the choice is down to Fifa at all World Cup games. The governing body selects all kits, including referee and subs’ bibs, after assessing factors to ensure no overlap not just in actual colour but also which ones could affect viewers who are colour blind.

As such, they have determined that the best contrasts across the spectrum are for the gold versus blue – which just so happens to be the same colour scheme used when the teams met in April in a friendly.

On that occasion, Australia beat England by a 2-0 scoreline – and it remains the only time the Lionesses have been beaten under the management of Sarina Wiegman.

The referee, Tori Penso, is set to wear the bright red officials’ kit, which itself could be considered somewhat similar to the “magenta” goalkeeper kit which England’s Mary Earps will be wearing.

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