Red shirt, with wide shadow
stripes. Red v-neck, with three thin white stripes and two thin navy
blue stripes in middle. Red hem on sleeves. Thin white stripe along
shoulder. Embroidered emblem on left breast, with
'FIFA WORLD CUP' and then 'MEXICO'86'
(without a space between) centralised in capitalised white lettering
underneath. Two embroidered white
concentric diamonds on right breast, with 'umbro' in white
lower-case lettering underneath. White numbers on reverse, in the old Umbro
font last worn by England on the previous year's tour.
White shorts, with white
drawstring. Thin red
stripe down seams, with a thin navy blue stripe on each side. Red
numbers on left thigh in the same font as on the reverse of the shirt,
with two embroidered
navy blue concentric diamonds on left thigh, with 'umbro' in navy blue
lower-case lettering underneath. Embroidered emblem on right thigh.
Solid white diamonds across tops, edged with two navy blue hoops.
As per the modified white shirt, the red change
shirt also underwent subtle changes in readiness for the Mexican climate at the
1986 World Cup. The shadow stripes were thicker and the striped cuffs were
It was worn in the last
warm-up match before the tournament, a 4-1 victory over the local side
from Monterrey, Mexico, England's base for the first round of games, though
the World Cup lettering was not present and there were no numbers on the shorts.
The red World Cup uniform made
no appearance at the tournament. England wore their white shirts in the
first four matches. Then came the quarter-final against Argentina,
against whom England often wore red in contrast to Argentina's pale blue and
white striped shirts. This time, however, Argentina wore their alternate solid
blue shirts, and England donned their white shirts again, but over
the pale blue shorts and socks that were part of one of their
alternate tournament strips (all pale blue). Maradona's 'Hand of God'
goal put paid to England, and they got no further chance to wear either their
red or pale blue shirts.
Although this kit was never worn in an
official match, it did make an appearance, two years later, on June 4th 1988,
when England won 7-0 at Aylesbury United in a warm-up game for the 1988
European Championship Finals. On this occasion, the World Cup lettering was
present, but again, the numbered shorts were not.