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England's Uniforms

England's Tournament Uniform
World Cup 1990

1991 Alternate Uniform
1990 WC Away Uniform
1990 WC Home Uniform
 
 

Not worn in play

Description  
Pale blue short-sleeved shirt, with multi-layered shadow pattern, including large striped square rhombus shapes, some with the right-hand side blank, small square rhombus shapes, some blank and some dark, and long thin striped panels. Navy blue winged collar, with small white stripes in a strip near the outer edge. Large navy blue upside-down triangular insert beneath the neck, 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 white strip near the edge of the sleeves, with two navy blue concentric diamonds after every fourth stripe. Embroidered emblem on left breast, with 'FIFA WORLD CUP' and then 'ITALY '90' centralised in capitalised navy blue lettering underneath. Two embroidered navy blue concentric diamonds on right breast, with 'umbro' in navy blue lower-case lettering underneath. Navy blue numbers on reverse, in the same font as on the previous Umbro England shirts, with a pale blue border, outlined in navy blue.

Pale 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. Large white triangle, overlapped with a slightly lower large navy blue triangle, underneath navy blue stripes. Two embroidered navy blue concentric diamonds on left thigh, with 'umbro' in navy blue lower-case lettering underneath. Embroidered emblem on right thigh.

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

 

This sky blue shirt, the 1990 alternative jersey, modified to include the World Cup insignia, was issued to the England squad but never worn in match play.  England wore the 1990 white home shirt in all seven of their matches in Italy.

Yet again, a blue uniform was surplus to requirements. It seems only England were prepared to take three choices of kit to the World Cup finals, when they were only instructed to register two. An indication of its marketable value, however, came in the weeks leading up to the tournament. The England squad recorded a song (World in Motion), with the band, New Order, whose lead singer, Bernard Sumner, was filmed in the promotional video for the single in May, wearing this new blue shirt (without the World Cup lettering). The single shot to the top of the UK charts and the shirt got plenty of subliminal advertising, no doubt prompting replica sales to rise during a successful tournament for England.

This design did actually appear, the following year, for one international match, without the World Cup lettering, where the white band across the chest of Turkey's red shirts, gave the FA an excuse to replace the white home shirt with the blue.

The first two photos at the top left of the page are of the shirt issued to Neil Webb. They 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 (the number seventeen shirt) is signed by the whole squad and it was issued to David Platt. This shirt is part of Richard Clarke's Morrell Collection.

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