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England's Uniforms

England's Home Uniform
May1987 to December1989

1984 Home Uniform
1988 Away Uniform
1988 Alternate Uniform
1990 Home Uniform

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White short-sleeved shirt, with square rhombus shadow stripes, each with a darker right half and all set slightly to the left of an underlying diagonal grid. Navy blue crew-neck, with thin white stripe in middle and two thin red stripes either side of it. White plastic snap fastener on a navy blue rectangular insert beneath the neck, adjoining an overlapping red rectangular insert on the inside of the shirt. White underarm-half of hem, with outer red front quarter and outer navy blue back quarter on left sleeve, and outer navy blue front quarter and outer red back quarter on right sleeve. Thin navy blue stripe along shoulder. Embroidered emblem on left breast. Two embroidered navy blue concentric diamonds on right breast, with 'umbro' in navy blue lower-case lettering underneath. Red numbers on reverse, in the same font as on the previous Umbro England shirts, with a white border, outlined in red.

Navy blue shorts, with white drawstring, check shadow pattern and red waistband. Thick white panel comprising lower third of seams, joining two thin white stripes edging upper two-thirds of seams, with a rectangular red block across the middle. Two embroidered white concentric diamonds on left thigh, with 'umbro' in white lower-case lettering underneath. Embroidered emblem on right thigh.

White socks. Solid navy blue diamonds across tops, edged with two red hoops. Three navy blue lions on white square calf patch on each side of each sock.

  • A long-sleeved version of the shirt was introduced for the games played in 1989 and was worn for the first time, at the start of the game in Tiranë, by just three players; John Barnes, Gary Lineker and Neil Webb. The cuffs were as per the 1984 white shirt; navy blue, with a thin white stripe in the middle and two thin red stripes either side of it.
  • White numbers in the same font as on the 1986 World Cup shorts were worn on the left thigh of the shorts, above the Umbro logo, for each of the three 1988 European Championship tournament fixtures.
Most Appearances

21 - Bryan Robson

19 - Gary Stevens (1 sub)

18 - Peter Beardsley (1 sub), Gary Lineker

  • 37 England internationals appeared in this shirt.

  • Thirteen players won their first cap in the shirt, including Stuart Pearce, who went on to win 78 caps, David Platt, who won 62, Des Walker (59) and Paul Gascoigne (57).

  • Ten players won their last cap in the shirt, as it was worn for both Kenny Sansom’s 86th appearance and Glenn Hoddle’s 53rd in the final match of the 1988 European Championship.

  • John Fashanu and Mike Phelan were the only players to make all their international appearances in the shirt, though for Phelan it was for a mere 45 minutes. Fashanu appeared just twice.

Top Scorers

9 - Gary Lineker

6 - Bryan Robson

5 - John Barnes, Peter Beardsley

  • Lineker had also been the top marksman in the 1984 white shirt.

  • Robson’s goals included his last of a total 26 as a full international.

  • Chris Waddle was the only other player to score his last England goal in the shirt, his sixth in total.

  • Four players scored their first international goal in this shirt, including Paul Gascoigne’s first of ten.


21 - Bryan Robson

1 - Terry Butcher

  • The only game that Robson missed was a vital World Cup qualifying match in Stockholm, when he had to withdraw from the squad with bruised ribs.

  • Butcher replaced him as captain and ended the game with his head bandaged and his shirt stained with blood.


Umbro's second white England uniform in the modern era, revealed on April 30th, 1987, was similar to the previous design, but incorporated a revolutionary new material called 'Tactel', for maximum coolness in hot weather, yet still warm enough to keep away the English chill.

The v-neck was replaced by a fastening crew-neck, a contrasting red waistband made the shorts stand out more and the Three Lions found their way onto the socks for the first time.

Its match debut coincided with the expansion of the Rous Cup to include foreign opposition for England and Scotland, for the first time, and it was Brazil who took on England at Wembley.

England went on to qualify for the 1988 European Championship by crushing their closest group rivals, Yugoslavia in a foggy Belgrade. The home fans were silenced by four first-half England goals. Understandably, England were installed as one of the favourites, but were immensely disappointing when they arrived in Germany for the final tournament. Three defeats sent them crashing out, without making an impression.

Pride was restored, however, as England fought their way through a tricky World Cup qualifying group as one of the best runners-up, having completed their fixtures without conceding a goal.

With Italia '90 fast approaching, Umbro were commissioned to dress England once more in a uniform to take on the world.

Matches in Which England Wore the 1987 Home White Uniform
625 19 May 1987 1-1 vs. Brazil, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London TC HD
626 23 May 1987 0-0 vs. Scotland, Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow AD
628 14 October 1987 8-0 vs. Turkey, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London ECP AW
629 11 November 1987 4-1 vs. Yugoslavia, Stadion JNA, Beograd AW
631 23 March 1988 2-2 vs. Netherlands, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HD
632 27 April 1988 0-0 vs. Hungary, Népstadion, Budapest Fr AD
633 21 May 1988 1-0 vs. Scotland, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London TC HW
635 28 -May 1988 1-0 vs. Switzerland, Stade Olympique de la Pontaise, Lausanne Fr AW
Euro Champ Finals 1988
636 12 June 1988 0-1 vs. Republic of Ireland, Neckarstadion, Stuttgart, West Germany ECF NL
637 15 June 1988 1-3 vs. Netherlands, Rheinstadion, Düsseldorf, West Germany NL
638 18 June 1988 1-3 vs. USSR, Waldstadion, Frankfurt, West Germany NL
639 14 September 1988 1-0 vs. Denmark, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW
640 19 October 1988 0-0 vs. Sweden, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London WCP HD
643 8 March 1989 2-0 vs. Albania, Stadiumi Kombetar Qemal Stafa, Tiranë AW
644 26 April 1989 5-0 vs. Albania, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London HW
645 23 May 1989 0-0 vs. Chile, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London TC HD


England wore the white home shirt with the 1988 white away shorts, and the 1984 red away socks--against Chile.
646 27 May 1989 2-0 vs. Scotland, Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow TC AW
647 3 June 1989 3-0 vs. Poland, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London WCP HW
648 7 June 1989 1-1 vs. Denmark, Idrætsparken, København Fr AD
649 6 September 1989 0-0 vs. Sweden, Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna kommun, Stockholms län WCP AD


England wore all white--the white home shirt and socks with the 1988 white away shorts--against Sweden.
651 15 November 1989 0-0 vs. Italy, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HD
652 13 December 1989 2-1 vs. Yugoslavia, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW


England's Record wearing the 1987 Home Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 11 6 5 0 24 4 +20 3 8 2.182 0.364 77.3 +6
Away 8 4 4 0 10 2 +8 3 6 1.250 0.25 75.0 +4
Neutral 3 0 0 3 2 7 -5 1 0 0.667 2.333 00.0 -3
Total 22 10 9 3 36 13 23 7 14 1.636 0.591 65.9 +7

This shirt was commercially available from it's outset. At the Wembley Stadium Leisure Shop, the price of the 'Tactel' Umbro shirt ranged from £18.49 for a 22" chest shirt, to £20.49 for a 42" chest shirt. The shorts started at £9.25, to the larger £10.25. Socks were between £3.95 and £4.49.