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England's Uniforms

England's Home Uniform
March1990 to November1992

1987 Home Uniform
1990 Away Uniform
1991 Alternate Uniform
1992 Alternate Uniform
1993 Home Uniform
 
 

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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 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. 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. 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 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 registered trademark i.e. ® placed above the gap between the 'R' and the 'O' in navy blue.
  • 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 reverse of the shirt, with a white border, outlined in red, and the player's surname was worn above the number on the reverse, in capitalised plain red lettering.
  • 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)

  • 47 England internationals appeared in this shirt.

  • Seventeen 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 90th and last England appearance in the shirt, one of sixteen players to win their last cap in it.

  • Others included Gary Lineker, who won his 80th cap, and Terry Butcher, who bowed out after his 77th cap 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.

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 30, 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 eighteen 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.

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
1989-90
653 28 March 1990 1-0 vs. Brazil, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW
654 25 April 1990 4-2 vs. Czechoslovakia, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW
655 15 May 1990 1-0 vs. Denmark, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW
657 2 June 1990 1-1 vs. Tunisia, Stade Olympique El Menzah, Tunis Fr AD
World Cup Finals 1990
658 11 June 1990 1-1 vs. Republic of Ireland, Stadio Comunale Sant'Elia, Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy WCF ND
659 16 June 1990 0-0 vs. Netherlands, Stadio Comunale Sant'Elia, Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy ND
660 21 June 1990 1-0 vs. Egypt, Stadio Comunale Sant'Elia, Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy NW
661 26 June 1990 1-0 vs. Belgium, Stadio Renato Dall' Ara, Bologna, Italy NW
662 1 July 1990 3-2 vs. Cameroon, Stadio San Paolo, Napoli, Italy NW
663 4 July 1990 1-1 (3-4) vs. West Germany, Stadio Delle Alpi, Torino, Italy ND
664 7 July 1990 1-2 vs. Italy, Stadio San Nicola, Bari AL
1990-91
665 12 September 1990 1-0 vs. Hungary, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW
666 17 October 1990 2-0 vs. Poland, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London ECP HW
667 14 November 1990 1-1 vs. Republic of Ireland, Lansdowne Road, Dublin AD
668 6 February 1991 2-0 vs. Cameroon, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW
669 27 March 1991 1-1 vs. Republic of Ireland, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London ECP HD
671 21 May 1991 3-1 vs. USSR, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London TC HW
673 1 June 1991 1-0 vs. Australia, Sydney Football Stadium, Moore Park, Sydney Fr AW

Notes

England wore all white, the white home shirt and socks with the 1990 white away shorts, against Australia.
675 8 June 1991 2-0 vs. New Zealand, Athletic Park, Wellington Fr AW
676 12 June 1991 4-2 vs. Malaysia, Stadium Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur Fr AW

Notes

England wore all white, the white home shirt and socks with the 1990 white away shorts, against Malaysia.
1991-92
677 11 September 1991 0-1 vs. Germany, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HL
678 16 October 1991 1-0 vs. Turkey, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London ECP HW
679 13 November 1991 1-1 vs. Poland, Stadion Lecha, Poznań AD

Notes

England wore the new Umbro logo for the eight remaining games in this uniform
680 19 February 1992 2-0 vs. France, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW
682 29 April 1992 2-2 vs. CIS, Lenin Stadion, Moskva Fr AD
683 12 May 1992 1-0 vs. Hungary, Népstadion, Budapest Fr AW
Euro Champ Finals 1992
686 11 June 1992 0-0 vs. Denmark, Malmö Stadion, Malmö, Sweden ECF ND
687 14 June 1992 0-0 vs. France, Malmö Stadion, Malmö, Sweden ND
688 17 June 1992 1-2 vs. Sweden, Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna kommun, Stockholms län AL
1992-93
690 14 October 1992 1-1 vs. Norway, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London WCP HD
691 18 November 1992 4-0 vs. Turkey, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London HW

 

Other Match in Which England Wore the 1990 Home Blue Shorts
1990-91
674 3 June 1991 1-0 vs. New Zealand, Mount Smart Stadium, Penrose, Auckland Fr AW

Notes

England wore the 1990 red away shirt and socks with the 1990 home navy blue shorts--against New Zealand.

 

England's Record wearing the 1990 Home Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 13 10 2 1 23 6 +17 1 8 1.769 0.462 84.6 +9
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 31 17 11 3 45 21 +24 4 16 1.452 0.677 72.6 +14

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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