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‘Diagnosis can be difficult’: why England will play in no-name shirts against Red Devils after the break

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The England internationals are on the pitch in the no-name shirt during the second half of Tuesday night’s friendly against the Red Devils. The activity is part of a campaign to draw more attention to dementia.

The “disappearance” of names at halftime is intended as an example of how people with dementia can lose valuable memories. The initiative is part of a partnership the English Football Association (FA) previously entered into with the Alzheimer’s Society. In March 2022, the English performed a similar action in a match against Switzerland.

The shirts will be auctioned after the practice match at Wembley in London. The proceeds support Alzheimer’s Society research.

“We hope this clear gesture on the players’ jerseys will get fans across the country talking and rethinking the signs and symptoms of dementia,” said Kate Lee, president of the Alzheimer’s Association. – With the help of football, we want to encourage supporters to donate, but also to support their loved ones as much as they support their favorite football team. This means that the crucial first steps towards a diagnosis are taken when they suspect that a loved one may be suffering. Diagnosis can be difficult, but it’s better to know.”

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