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Description

White short-sleeved shirt, with alternating square rhombus shadow stripes; one column consisting of a continuous string of overlapping shapes of three different sizes, increasing and then decreasing in size, all bordered with a thick dark line, and the next column consisting of the same shapes, except that the medium-sized rhombus has five dark diagonal stripes rising from left to right across it when above the largest rhombus, and four when below it. The largest rhombus in each column is adjacent to the smallest in the next. Navy-blue winged collar, with small white stripes in a strip near the outer edge. Large white upside-down triangular insert beneath the neck, with thin navy-blue stripes, split down the middle, with a navy-blue button fastening via a loop of navy-blue material attached to the left side of the insert. Navy-blue diagonal stripes rising from left to right in a strip near the edge of the sleeves, with two navy-blue concentric diamonds after every fourth stripe. 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 back, in the same font as on the previous Umbro England shirts, with a white border, outlined in red.

Navy-blue shorts, with white drawstring. A white strip comprising upper-third of seams, with navy-blue diagonal stripes rising from right to left, with two navy-blue concentric diamonds after every fourth stripe. Small diagonal red panel underneath white strip. Large white triangle, with base running down middle of seam, underneath red panel, with thin navy-blue stripes. Two embroidered white concentric diamonds on left thigh, with 'umbro' in white lower-case lettering underneath. Embroidered emblem on right thigh.

White socks, with navy-blue turnover, three white lions on each.

Variations
  • A long-sleeved version of the shirt was also used in seven of the games. The cuffs were navy blue, with small white stripes in a strip near the edge.
  • For the games played in the 1990 World Cup tournament, 'FIFA WORLD CUP ITALY '90' was displayed in navy blue directly underneath the emblem.
  • For all of the games played in 1992, the lettering underneath the concentric diamonds logo on both the shirts and shorts, was capitalised i.e. 'UMBRO'. There was also a navy-blue registered trademark i.e. ® placed above the gap between the 'R' and the 'O'.
  • For the games played in the 1992 European Championship tournament, 'EURO 92 SWEDEN' was displayed in navy blue directly underneath the emblem. The number was also worn in the middle of the chest in red, in the same font as on the back of the shirt, with a white border, outlined in red, and the player's surname was worn above the number on the back, in capitalised plain-red lettering (pink characters were unused).

  • White numbers in the same font as on the 1986 World Cup shorts were worn on the right thigh of the shorts, above the emblem, for each of the 1990 World Cup tournament fixtures.

  • White numbers in the same font as was to be used on England's 1993 white shirts, were worn on the right thigh of the shorts, above the emblem, for the three tournament fixtures in the 1992 European Championship.

Most Appearances

29 - Des Walker

27 - Gary Lineker (1 sub)

26 - Stuart Pearce, David Platt (5 sub)

  • 17 players won their first cap in the shirt, including Alan Shearer, who went on to win 63 caps, Martin Keown, who won 43 and David Batty (42).

  • Bryan Robson made his ninetieth and last England appearance in the shirt, one of 16 players to win their last cap in it.

  • Others included Gary Lineker, who made his eightieth appearance, and Terry Butcher, who bowed out after his 77th in the 1990 World Cup semi-final.

  • Four players won all of their England caps in the shirt, with Keith Curle and David Hirst making three appearances each, whilst Andy Gray played for a mere 45 minutes (the first half in Poland).

Top Scorers

17 - Gary Lineker (4 pens)

8 - David Platt (1 pen)

3 - Steve Bull, Paul Gascoigne, Stuart Pearce

  • Lineker had also been top scorer in the 1984 and '87 white shirts.

  • Seven players scored their first England goal in the shirt; Alan Shearer went on to score thirty, David Platt (27) and Stuart Pearce (five).

  • Alan Smith scored both of his international goals in this shirt, whilst three other players scored once only.

Captains

13 - Gary Lineker

6 - Bryan Robson

5 - Terry Butcher

4 - Stuart Pearce

1 - Mark Wright

  • Lineker was captain for both the first and last time in this shirt, out of a total of 18 captaincies overall.

  • Pearce and Wright also captained them for the first time. Wright never received the honour again, but Pearce went on to lead them out ten times.

  • Butcher and Robson both captained their country for the last time in this shirt. In Robson's case, it was the last of 65 games as captain.

 

This smart new England kit heralded the beginning of the 1990s and it was to take its place in the renaissance of English football..

The 1980s had seen the national game sink to an all-time low, with hooliganism and disasters driving people away. England's performances in the 1990 World Cup in Italy, which saw them reaching the semi-finals for the first time on foreign soil, all the while displaying a great fighting spirit, catapulted English football onto the front pages of national newspapers.The 1980s had seen the national game sink to an all-time low, with hooliganism and disasters driving people away. England's performances in the 1990 World Cup in Italy, which saw them reaching the semi-finals for the first time on foreign soil, all the while displaying a great fighting spirit, catapulted English football onto the front pages of national newspapers.

Paul Gascoigne's tears after England's agonising defeat was the abiding memory for a new army of fans. The cobwebs of recent history were blown away as English clubs were allowed back into European competitions following a five-year ban and the wave of optimism continued with the foundation of the Premier League in 1992.

England bade farewell to Bobby Robson, and Graham Taylor took over the helm. It was a struggle to reach the European Championship finals in Sweden, and once again, the continent's major tournament couldn't bring out the best in England. Taylor found himself managing a transitional period for the national side, with the international retirements of key players such as Lineker, Butcher and Robson coinciding with a serious injury to the rising star of Paul Gascoigne.

As Umbro prepared their latest design amongst the growing fashion of football kit embellishments, the wheels were about to come off Taylor's team bus before he'd even got into second gear...

The shirts in the first two photos (top left) look identical, but the first (worn by Gary Lineker against Brazil in 1990, the style's first full international outing) has lower-case Umbro lettering (as in the first picture to the left of this text) and the second (worn by Carlton Palmer in 1992) has upper-case Umbro lettering (second picture to the left of this text). Both shirts appear by kind permission of the National Football Shirt Collection (England Match Shirts), also part of the Neville Evans Collection (curator Simon Shakeshaft).

Next picture along is signed by Gary Lineker and it is believed to have been worn against Poland in 1990. This shirt is part of Richard Clarke's Morrell Collection.


Matches in which England wore the 1990 Home White Uniform
Season 1989-90

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Bobby Robson

Friendly matches
653 28 March 1990 - England 1 Brazil 0 [1-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London
 (80,000)
Lineker HW
654 25 April 1990 - England 4 Czechoslovakia 2 [2-1]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (21,342)
Bull (2), Pearce, Gascoigne
Skuhravý, Kubík 
HW
655 15 May 1990 - England 1 Denmark 0 [0-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London  (27,643)
Lineker HW
656 22 May 1990 - England 1 Uruguay 2 [0-1]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (38,751)
Barnes
Ostolaza, Perdomo
HL
657 2 June 1990 - Tunisia 1 England 1 [1-0]
Stade Olympique El Menzah, Charguia, Tunis (25,000)
Hergal
Bull
AD
World Cup Finals in Italy
658 11 June 1990 - England 1 Republic of Ireland 1 [1-0]
Stadio Comunale Sant'Elia, Sant'Elia, Casteddu (35,238)
Lineker
Sheedy
ND
659 16 June 1990 - Netherlands 0 England 0 [0-0]
Stadio Comunale Sant'Elia, Sant'Elia, Casteddu
 (35,267)
  ND
660 21 June 1990 - England 1 Egypt 0 [0-0]
Stadio Comunale Sant'Elia, Sant'Elia, Casteddu (34,959)
Wright NW
661 26 June 1990 - England 1 Belgium 0 [0-0]ᴭᵀ
Stadio Renato Dall' Ara, Barca, Bologna (34,520)
Platt NW
662 1 July 1990 - Cameroon 2 England 3 [0-1]ᴭᵀ
Stadio San Paolo, Fuorigrotta, Napoli (55,205)
Kundé (pen), Ekéké
Platt, Lineker (2 pens)
NW
663 4 July 1990 - West Germany 1 England 1 [0-0]ᴭᵀ
4-3 on penalty-kicks
Stadio delle Alpi, Vallette, Torino (62,628)
Brehme
Lineker
ND
664 7 July 1990 - Italy 2 England 1 [0-0]
Stadio San Nicola, Strada Torrebella, Bari (51,426)
Baggio, Schillaci (pen)
Platt
AL
Season 1990-91

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Graham Taylor

Friendly match
665 12 September 1990 - England 1 Hungary 0 [1-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (51,459)
Lineker HW
European Championship preliminaries
666 17 October 1990 - England 2 Poland 0 [1-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (77,040)
Lineker (pen), Beardsley HW
667 14 November 1990 - Republic of Ireland 1 England 1 [0-0]
Lansdowne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin (46,000)
Cascarino
Platt
AD
Friendly match
668 6 February 1991 - England 2 Cameroon 0 [1-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (61,075)
Lineker (2 (1 pen)) HW
European Championship preliminary match
669 27 March 1991 - England 1 Republic of Ireland 1 [1-1]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London
 (77,753)
Dixon
Quinn
HD
England Challenge Cup
671 21 May 1991 - England 3 USSR 1 [2-1]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (23,789)
Smith, Platt (2 (1 pen))
Tatarchuk
HW
Tour of Australasia and Malaysia
673 1 June 1991 - Australia 0 England 1 [0-1]
Sydney Football Stadium, Moore Park, Sydney (35,472)
Gray OG AW
England wore all white, the white home shirt and socks with the 1990 white away shorts, against Australia.
675 8 June 1991 - New Zealand 0 England 2 [0-1]
Athletic Park, Newtown, Wellington (12,000)
Pearce, Hirst AW
676 12 June 1991 - Malaysia 2 England 4 [0-3]
Stadium Merdeka, Wilayah Persekutuan, Kuala Lumpur (41,248)
Marjan (2)
Lineker (4)
AW
England wore all white, the white home shirt and socks with the 1990 white away shorts, against Malaysia.
Season 1991-92
Friendly match
677 11 September 1991 - England 0 Germany 1 [0-1]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (59,493)
Riedle HL
European Championship preliminaries
678 16 October 1991 - England 1 Turkey 0 [1-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (50,896)
Smith HW
679 13 November 1991 - Poland 1 England 1 [1-0]
Stadion Lecha, Grunwald, Poznań (10,300)
Szewczyk
Lineker
AD
Friendly matches
680 19 February 1992 - England 2 France 0 [1-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (58,723)
Shearer, Lineker HW
682 29 April 1992 - CIS 2 England 2 [1-1]
Central V.I. Lenin Stadium, Luzhniki, Moskva (18,580)
Tskhadadze, Kiriakov
Lineker, Steven
AD
683 12 May 1992 - Hungary 0 England 1 [0-0]
Népstadion, Istvánmezõ, Budapest (25,000)
Telek OG AW
European Championship Finals in Sweden
686 11 June 1992 - Denmark 0 England 0 [0-0]
Malmö Stadion, Solbacken, Malmö (26,385)
  ND
687 14 June 1992 - France 0 England 0 [0-0]
Malmö Stadion, Solbacken, Malmö (26,535)
  ND
688 17 June 1992 - Sweden 2 England 1 [0-1]
Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna kommun, Stockholms län (30,126)
Eriksson, Brolin
Platt
AL
Season 1992-93
World Cup preliminaries
690 14 October 1992 - England 1 Norway 1 [0-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (51,441)
Platt
Rekdal
HD
691 18 November 1992 - England 4 Turkey 0 [2-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (42,984)
Gascoigne (2), Shearer, Pearce HW

Other match in which England wore the 1990 Home Blue Shorts
Season 1990-91

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Graham Taylor

Tour of Australasia and Malaysia
674 3 June 1991 - New Zealand 0 England 1 [0-0]
Mount Smart Stadium, Penrose, Auckland
(17,520)
Lineker AW
England wore the 1990 red away shirts and socks with the blue home shorts, against New Zealand.

The Youth teams (Under-19s and below) wore the same design, except that each wore an embroidered scroll below the emblem, within which YOUTH was displayed, in navy blue. England's Under-21, Semi-Professional and B teams wore an identical kit to the full international team.
Worn by 47 Players
Tony Adams1 John Barnes1 David Batty1 Peter Beardsley
Steve Bull Terry Butcher Gary Charles Nigel Clough1
Gordon Cowans1 Keith Curle Tony Daley1 Brian Deane
Lee Dixon Tony Dorigo Paul Gascoigne2 Andy Gray
David Hirst1 Steve Hodge1 Paul Ince1 Rob Jones1
Martin Keown Gary Lineker4 Gary Mabbutt Steve McMahon
Paul Merson1 Gary Pallister1 Carlton Palmer Paul Parker
Stuart Pearce David Platt Bryan Robson1 David Rocastle1
John Salako Lee Sharpe1 Alan Shearer2 Andy Sinton
Alan Smith Trevor Steven1 Gary Stevens1 Paul Stewart
Geoff Thomas Chris Waddle Des Walker Neil Webb
Dennis Wise Ian Wright1 Mark Wright1  

It was also worn on the bench by unused substitutes, Earl Barrett, Les Ferdinand, Matthew Le Tissier, Michael Thomas and Mark Walters.

1/2/4 indicates the players that wore the long-sleeved version and the number of matches in which they wore it
(Cowans, Jones and Sharpe wore long sleeves on their only appearances).

England's Record wearing the 1990 Home Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 14 11 2 1 24 8 +16 1 8 1.714 0.571 85.7 +10
Away 10 4 4 2 15 11 +4 0 3 1.50 1.10 60.0 +2
Neutral 8 3 5 0 7 4 +3 3 5 0.875 0.50 68.8 +3
Total 32 18 11 3 46 23 +23 4 16 1.438 0.719 73.4 +15

The photograph on the left depicts a shirt worn and signed by Bryan Robson. It appears here, courtesy of www.urmyhero.co.uk.

 

 

 

 

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