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England's Uniforms


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England's Home Uniform
February1997 to February1999

1995 Home Uniform
1997 Away Uniform
1999 Away Uniform
1999 Home Uniform

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White short-sleeved shirt, with shadow pin-stripes. Navy blue winged collar. Three navy blue lions on a white button fastener, on a thick red rectangular insert beneath the neck, adjoining an overlapping thick navy blue rectangular insert, with an English flag on a small tag. Navy blue rectangular panel, edged with a red stripe down each side, on lower outer sleeves. An inner red shard and an outer navy blue shard beginning at armpit and running down each side of chest, separated by a thin white stripe. Embroidered emblem, with light-blue lions, in centre of chest, with navy blue registered trademark underneath left-hand side of emblem, 'ENGLAND' in capitalised navy blue lettering below it and 'UMBRO' in large capitalised navy blue lettering above it. Red number, with navy blue border, on reverse and in the centre of the chest, beneath the emblem, in same font as previous England shirts.

Long navy blue shorts, with navy blue drawstring. An inner red shard and an outer white shard running down lower front side of each seam, separated by a thin navy blue stripe. 'UMBRO' in large capitalised white lettering on left thigh. Embroidered emblem on right thigh, 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.

White socks, with navy blue turnover, two red hoops across each. Navy blue emblem on front of each sock, with 'ENGLAND' in capitalised navy blue lettering below it and 'UMBRO' in large capitalised navy blue lettering beneath.

  • A long-sleeved version of the shirt was also worn. The cuffs were navy blue, with a white stripe near the edge and there were no panels on the sleeves.
  • For the two games played in the 1997 Tournoi de France and the three games in the 1998 World Cup tournament, the player's surname was printed in an arc in capitalised red lettering, with a navy blue border, above the number on the reverse of the shirt.
  • For the games played in the Tournoi de France, the shirts worn by the Neville brothers also included their first initial i.e. G. NEVILLE and P. NEVILLE.
  • Against Moldova, England wore black ribbons on the left breast, in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, who had been killed in a car crash, ten days previously.
  • For the games played in the 1998 World Cup tournament, 'FIFA WORLD CUP FRANCE 1998' was displayed in navy blue directly above the number on the chest.
Most Appearances

17 - David Beckham (3 sub), Sol Campbell (1 sub), Graeme Le Saux (1 sub)

  • 36 players appeared in this uniform.

  • 7 players made their international debut in this shirt.

  • Michael Owen, England's youngest debutant of the 20th century, went on to win 89 caps.

  • Rio Ferdinand, who won his first cap at 19 years old, went on to make 81 appearances, whilst Paul Scholes picked up 66 caps in his international career.

  • All four of Dion Dublin's international appearances were in this shirt.

  • 9 players signed off their international careers in this uniform. For Paul Gascoigne, it was a big surprise as he was left out of the 1998 World Cup squad, having just won his 57th cap, and he was never selected again.

  • Ian Wright, who was 27 when he won his first cap, won his 33rd and last cap at the age of 35 in Glenn Hoddle's last match as England's coach.

  • Howard Wilkinson was in charge for England's last match in this uniform, and he recalled Lee Dixon for his 22nd and last cap, after the full-back had been overlooked throughout the tenures of both Terry Venables and Hoddle.

Top Scorers

8 - Alan Shearer (1 Pen.)

4 - Michael Owen, Paul Scholes, Teddy Sheringham, Ian Wright

  • Shearer had also been top scorer in the 1995 white shirt, again including a penalty.

  • Four players scored their first England goal in this shirt.

  • Michael Owen became England's youngest ever goalscorer when he notched the only goal of the game against Morocco in Casablanca. He followed this up by becoming his country's youngest World Cup scorer with a very timely equaliser as a substitute against Romania.

  • Paul Scholes went on to hit 14 goals for England, whilst Robbie Fowler hit seven.

  • Paul Gascoigne was one of five players to score his last England goal in this shirt. In Gascoigne's case, it was his tenth, with Ian Wright getting his ninth, and Darren Anderton, his seventh.


12 - Alan Shearer

4 - Paul Ince

2 - Tony Adams, Sol Campbell

1 - Stuart Pearce

  • Campbell, Ince and Pearce all captained England for the last time.

  • Goalkeeper, David Seaman was captain for the remaining game, against Moldova.


England wore this Umbro strip, as singularly unattractive as the companion away uniform, in three of their four matches at the World Cup 1998 final tournament in France, although in the last of those three matches, the round of 16 clash with Argentina, they wore all white, substituting the white shorts from the away uniform for the navy blue shorts of the home uniform.

The colour of the three lions in the emblem was changed from the traditional navy blue to a light blue.  The navy blue lions, however, reappeared on the next home white shirt in 1999.

Like the 1995 home white and 1996 away blue shirts, this jersey sported the manufacturer's name in large, capitalised letters above the three-lions emblem in the middle of the shirt, although, as on the 1996 away blue shirt, the team name also appeared in smaller capitalised letters below the emblem. Still, a stranger to football might conclude it was the Umbro team's jersey.

The uniform was launched in a massive qualification match against Italy, a game which provided Glenn Hoddle's England with its first real test, a test that was failed when England crashed to a first ever World Cup home defeat. Nonetheless, England buckled down and picked up the points against the minnows of the group, whilst Italy lost their advantage. On a dramatic evening in Rome's Stadio Olimpico, a brave England performance saw them hold the Italians to a goalless draw and secure their passage to France.

England's defeat on penalties to Argentina was a frustratingly early exit and things went from bad to worse when they dropped crucial European Championship points at the start of the following season. By the time England met the World Champions in the uniform's last appearance, Hoddle had been replaced at the helm.

Two months after this kit was worn by the full international team for the last time, the Under-18 squad wore it in the World Youth Championships in Nigeria. The game against Japan on 11 April 1999 was the last time that an intermediate squad wore scrolls bearing the word 'YOUTH' underneath the emblem. Thanks to Simon Shakeshaft for sharing his research into this.

Matches in Which England Wore the 1997 Home White Uniform
730 12 February 1997 0-1 vs. Italy, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London WCP HL
731 29 March 1997 2-0 vs. Mexico, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW
732 30 April 1997 2-0 vs. Georgia, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London WCP HW
733 24 May 1997 2-1 vs. South Africa, Old Trafford, Manchester Fr HW
734 31 May 1997 2-0 vs. Poland, Stadion Śląski, Chorzów WCP AW
735 4 June 1997 2-0 vs. Italy, Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes, France TC NW
736 7 June 1997 1-0 vs. France, Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier AW
738 10 September 1997 4-0 vs. Moldova, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London WCP HW
739 11 October 1997 0-0 vs. Italy, Stadio Olimpico, Roma AD
740 15 November 1997 2-0 vs. Cameroon, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW
741 11 February 1998 0-2 vs. Chile, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HL
742 25 March 1998 1-1 vs. Switzerland, Wankdorfstadion, Bern Fr AD
743 22 April 1998 3-0 vs. Portugal, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW
744 23 May 1998 0-0 vs. Saudi Arabia, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HD
745 27 May 1998 1-0 vs. Morocco, Complexe Mohammed V, Casablanca TC AW
746 29 May 1998 0-0 (3-4) vs. Belgium, Complexe Mohammed V, Casablanca ND
World Cup Finals 1998
747 15 June 1998 2-0 vs. Tunisia, Le Stade Vélodrome, Marseille, France WCF NW
748 22 June 1998 1-2 vs. Romania, Stade Municipal, Toulouse, France NL
750 30 June 1998 2-2 (3-4) vs. Argentina, Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Étienne, France ND


England wore all white--the white home shirt and socks with the 1997 white change shorts--against Argentina.
753 14 October 1998 3-0 vs. Luxembourg, Stade Josy Barthel, Stad Lëtzebuerg ECP AW
754 18 November 1998 2-0 vs. Czech Republic, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW
755 10 February 1999 0-2 vs. France, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HL


Other Match in Which England Wore the 1997 Home White Socks
World Cup Finals 1998
749 26 June 1998 2-0 vs. Colombia, Stade Félix-Bollaert, Lens, France WCF NW


England wore the 1997 away red shirt and white shorts with the 1997 white home socks against Colombia.


England's Record wearing the 1997 Home Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 11 7 1 3 17 6 +11 4 7 1.545 0.545 68.2 +4
Away 6 4 2 0 8 1 +7 1 5 1.333 0.167 83.3 +4
Neutral 5 2 2 1 7 4 +3 1 3 1.40 0.80 60.0 +1
Total 22 13 5 4 32 11 +21 6 15 1.455 0.50 70.5 +9