England designated red
as one of their alternate colours for the World Cup 1970 final tournament.
They first wore this special light-weight summer version of their red-white-red strip
in the 3-2 World Cup final tournament extra-time loss to West Germany
Estadio Guanajuato, León, Mexico on 14 June 1970.
After leaving Mexico, England reverted
back to their long-sleeved white and red uniforms and it wasn't until 1973
that they saw a need to revive short-sleeves. A yellow change kit was
introduced and quickly discarded. Then, for their final tour of the Umbro
contract, in 1974, England re-introduced the short-sleeved red aertex shirts
last seen in Mexico, before Admiral took on the contract and developed their
own lightweight shirts for the warmer months.