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England's Away Uniform
March-November1996

1994 Away Uniform
1995 Home Uniform
1997 Home Uniform
1997 Away Uniform
 
 

P 3 W 2 D 1 L 0 F 4:A 1
83% successful

Description

Two-tone indigo-blue wide-striped short-sleeved shirt. Each stripe edged with a thin white stripe. Shadow pattern of thick diagonal stripes rising from left to right. Indigo blue winged collar, edged with thick white stripe and adjacent thin red and navy blue stripe. Large white curved insert beneath the neck, split down the middle, with a white button fastening via a loop of white material attached to the left side of the insert. Embroidered emblem, with white margin, on darker centre-chest stripe, with white registered trademark underneath left-hand side of emblem, 'ENGLAND' in capitalised white lettering below it and 'UMBRO' in large capitalised white lettering above it. White number, with red border, on reverse and in the centre of the chest, beneath the emblem, in same font as previous England shirts.

Two-tone indigo blue shorts, with white drawstring. Darker centre stripe edged on each side with a thin diagonal navy blue and red stripe, and adjacent thick diagonal white stripe, edging the lighter seam stripes which are wider at the hem than the waistband. Darker reverse of shorts. 'UMBRO' in large capitalised white lettering on left thigh of seam stripe. Embroidered emblem on right thigh of seam stripe, with white registered trademark underneath left-hand side of emblem and 'ENGLAND' in capitalised white lettering below it. White number, with red border in the same font as on the shirt, above the emblem on right thigh, overlaying diagonal stripes when number includes two digits.

Indigo blue socks of darker tone, with thick navy blue hoop across tops and two thick white hoops around calf, edged with thin navy blue hoops and with 'UMBRO' in capitalised white lettering in-between.

Variations
  • A long-sleeved version of the shirt was also worn. The cuffs were indigo blue, with a thin navy blue and red stripe, and adjacent thick white stripe at the beginning of the cuffs.
  • For the game against Bulgaria, the number on the reverse was red, with a navy blue border, in the same font as for the other games. There were no numbers on the front of the shirt or on the shorts.
  • Against Germany, the player's surname was printed in an arc in capitalised white lettering, with a red border, above the number on the reverse of the shirt, and England had logos sewn-on to the upper sleeves. The 'Euro '96' tournament logo was on the right arm and the UEFA Fair Play logo was on the left arm.
Most Appearances

3 - Paul Gascoigne, Paul Ince, Teddy Sheringham, Gareth Southgate

  • 21 players wore this shirt in the three matches.

  • Ince and Southgate played all 300 minutes in the uniform. Gascoigne and Sheringham were both substituted against Bulgaria.

  • Robbie Fowler was the only player to make his debut in the shirt, as a substitute against Bulgaria, the first of 26 appearances.

  • Two players made their last England appearances in the shirt. Steve Howey appeared for the fourth time, whilst David Platt's final act as an international, on his 62nd appearance, was to slot home England's second penalty in the shootout against Germany.

Top Scorers

2 - Les Ferdinand

1 - Alan Shearer, Teddy Sheringham

  • Ferdinand's goals were his last two in England colours, and were scored for two different coaches (Venables and Hoddle). His previous international goal was under the managership of Graham Taylor.

  • Shearer's goal was his fifth of the European Championship, confirming him as the tournament's top scorer, two goals clear of the next highest.

  • Shearer and Sheringham also scored in the penalty shootout against Germany.

Captains

2 - Tony Adams

1 - Stuart Pearce

  • Adams led England throughout the Euro '96 tournament.

  • Though Alan Shearer was appointed captain when Glenn Hoddle took over as coach, he missed the game in Georgia through injury and Adams stepped in once more.

 

Although, as the Football Association insisted, this Umbro jersey was indigo blue, it appeared a particularly dull grey to spectators watching from a distance and to television viewers, and it proved highly unpopular with England fans.  Fortunately, England wore it in only three official international matches. 

But it will be long remembered because its second appearance came in the European Championship semi-final when Germany eliminated England on penalty kicks. Some superstitious fans even blamed the colours for England's failure to advance to the final. England fans overwhelmingly preferred red as the alternative shirt colour, and the Football Association responded by reverting back to red change uniforms as a result.

The shirt continued to bear the manufacturer's name in large, capitalised letters above the three-lions emblem in the middle of the shirt, although now the team name, England, also appeared in smaller capitalised letters below the emblem, perhaps to dispel the impression it might give a stranger to football that it was the Umbro team's jersey.  It was the first time that the team name had appeared on the shirt itself.

Although the semi-final ended in tears, it could have been a glorious night in England's history. Paul Gascoigne was literally inches away from getting a touch to Alan Shearer's cross that would have undoubtedly sealed England's place in the final, due to the 'golden goal' rule being in operation.

One final appearance for the uniform came in the following season's World Cup qualifying campaign, when England secured a comfortable three points in Georgia. Their confidence was about to be tested by Italy in the New Year, however...

Matches in Which England Wore the 1996 Away Blue Uniform

1995-96

718 27 March 1996 1-0 vs. Bulgaria, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW
Euro Champ Finals 1996
726 26 June 1996 1-1 (5-6) vs. Germany, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London ECF HD

1996-97

729 9 November 1996 2-0 vs. Georgia, Boris Paichadze National Stadium, Tbilisi WCP AW

 

England's Record wearing the 1996 Blue Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 0 1 1.00 0.50 75.0 +1
Away 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1
Total 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 0 2 1.333 0.333 83.3 +2

A shirt believed to have been worn by Jason Wilcox in the unofficial game against Hong Kong Golden Select on 26 May 1996.

 From Richard Clarke's 'Three Lions - England Match Worn Shirts' Facebook Collection.

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