different black jersey appeared during the 2004 European Championship and was
worn with the shorts and socks from the 2003 all-black uniform, 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 uniforms, the emblem appears in red, white and
blue. The other main differences were the two white stripes down each arm and
the absence of red on the jersey.
This absence of red
may have been the reason for the introduction of the jersey as Croatia's red
and white chequered sleeves would have clashed with
the large red patches
on the sleeves of the 2003 black jersey.