Why England are playing without a name on their shirt in second half friendly against Belgium

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Why England are playing without a name on their shirt in second half friendly against Belgium

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England will play the second half against Belgium without names on their jerseys.

When the Three Lions come out after half-time at Wembley on Tuesday evening, fans will notice a change in the players’ kits.

England will play without a name on their jerseys against Belgium

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England will play without a name on their jerseys against Belgium

The names will disappear from the back of their new away strip as part of a match dedicated to the Alzheimer’s Society.

England has an official charity partnership with the organization and will be helping to raise awareness of dementia this week.

Removing players’ names from jerseys will help draw attention to how people with dementia lose precious memories.

Part of the Three Lions announcement statement reads: “With memory loss being the symptom most commonly associated with dementia, this year’s dedicated international team aims to increase awareness of the symptoms of dementia and to encourage fans to seek a diagnosis if they detect telltale signs in themselves or loved ones.”

This will be the second time England have worn anonymous kits following the first dedicated international match in 2022 against Switzerland.

Following the Belgium match, the jerseys will then be auctioned off to raise vital funds to support early diagnosis research.

Kate Lee, CEO of the Alzheimer’s Society, said: “We hope this striking gesture with the players’ jerseys will once again inspire fans across the country to talk and think about the signs and symptoms of dementia.

“By using football to shine a spotlight and increase awareness of the symptoms of dementia, we hope to not only encourage fans to donate to our early diagnosis research, but also support their loved ones just as much as they support their football team.

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“This means taking the crucial first steps to get a diagnosis if they suspect someone they care about might be affected. A diagnosis can be intimidating, but it’s best to know.

England will wear their new 2024 away kit during the match to raise awareness for a great cause.

Gareth Southgate’s side play their second friendly in four days at Wembley after hosting Brazil on Saturday evening.

If you notice signs of dementia in a loved one, show them your support by visiting alzheimers.org.uk/sports to use the Alzheimer’s Society’s symptom checklist, find out more information and donate to help to fund research into early diagnosis.

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