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England's Uniforms

England's Tournament Uniform
World Cup 1990

1990 Home Uniform
1990 WC Away Uniform
1990 WC Alternate Uniform

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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, 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. 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. White numbers on right thigh in the same font as on the reverse of the shirt, with embroidered emblem underneath.

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

Most Appearances

7 - Gary Lineker, Chris Waddle (1 sub), Des Walker

  • 18 members of England's World Cup squad appeared in this shirt.

  • The only outfield player who didn't wear the shirt during the tournament was Steve Hodge (his number 18 shirt is pictured to the right above).

  • Unsurprisingly, no players made their international debut in the shirt.

  • Terry Butcher won his 77th and last England cap in the semi-final, against West Germany.

Top Scorers

4 - Gary Lineker (2 pens.)

3 - David Platt

1 - Mark Wright

  • Lineker's goals extended his World Cup scoring record for England to ten goals in two tournaments.

  • The penalties were England's first since 1986.

  • Neither Platt nor Wright had previously scored for England.

  • Wright's goal, against Egypt, which put England into the last 16 of the tournament, was the only goal of his international career.


3 - Terry Butcher

2 - Bryan Robson

  • For the second successive World Cup, Robson began the tournament as captain, and just as in Mexico, an injury in the second game meant an early flight home for him.

  • Butcher took over the armband for the rest of the tournament, with Peter Shilton deputising for the two games that Butcher missed. Shilton, of course, being a goalkeeper, did not wear this shirt.


This shirt is instantly recognisable as the one worn with such pride by the 1990 World Cup semi-finalists, in the most successful English campaign ever on foreign soil.

It began with little sign of England making a big impression. Facing the Irish and the Dutch, both of whom had humiliated England at the 1988 European Championship in Germany, revenge was not forthcoming against either, but England managed to secure draws against both. A single goal victory against Egypt took them out of the group stage and what followed were three exhausting knockout matches in a nine-day period. Each went to extra-time, where Bobby Robson's battlers showed great courage, before their luck finally ran out against West Germany, after England's first ever penalty shootout.

The shirt was only slightly modified from the one introduced in March of the World Cup year. There were just two differences. World Cup labelling was added beneath the emblem on the left breast and a number was positioned on the right thigh, a change to the previous two tournaments, where it had been placed on the left thigh. Waiting in the wings were two change kits, but neither was called for as England wore their full home strip in all seven matches, stained with Gascoigne's tears, but heralding the dawn of a brave new era for English football.

The signed shirt at the top left of the page was worn by Bryan Robson when his tournament came to a premature end against the Netherlands. It appears by kind permission of the National Football Shirt Collection (England Match Shirts), also part of the Neville Evans Collection (curator Simon Shakeshaft).

Steve Hodge was issued with the number eighteen shirt in the other shirt picture at the top of the page. He did not appear in the tournament, due to injury. This shirt is part of Richard Clarke's Morrell Collection.

Matches in Which England Wore the 1990 World Cup Home White Uniform
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


England's Record wearing the 1990 World Cup Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 0.00 -1
Neutral 6 3 3 0 7 4 +3 1 3 1.167 0.667 75.0 +3
Total 7 3 3 1 8 6 +2 1 3 1.143 0.857 64.3 +2