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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. 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.

  • A version of the shirt was prepared for the 1990 World Cup in Italy, but was never worn in a full international. 'FIFA WORLD CUP ITALY '90' was displayed in navy blue directly underneath the emblem.
Most Appearances

1 - John Barnes, Lee Dixon, Steve Hodge (sub), Gary Lineker, Gary Pallister, Stuart Pearce, David Platt, Alan Smith, Geoff Thomas, Des Walker, Dennis Wise

  • Thomas and Wise were each winning their first cap.

  • Wise went on to win 21 caps, whilst Thomas won nine.

  • Hodge came on as substitute at half-time to make his 24th and last international appearance.

Top Scorer

1 - Dennis Wise

  • Wise scored his one and only international goal on his debut.


Gary Lineker


After five years waiting in the wings, the FA finally managed to unleash this all-blue strip (albeit with a mottled shadow pattern) in a full international, thanks to the combination of red and white worn by Turkey.

It had been around for a year, due to it being officially launched as one of England's alternative kits for the World Cup in Italy, but the seven games played in the tournament didn't offer any opportunity for England to wear anything but their traditional white shirts and navy shorts.

The Turkish game meant that England were wearing a blue shirt for the first time since the 1970 World Cup, thus succeeding where the two previous blue kits had failed, though they did wear pale-blue shorts and socks against Argentina at the 1986 World Cup.

This shirt was never worn again, but having made the breakthrough, the FA went ahead and commissioned their most ambitious blue shirt yet, ready to be launched the following year...

The photo above is of the shirt worn by Dennis Wise. It appears by kind permission of the National Football Shirt Collection (England Match Shirts), also part of the Neville Evans Collection (curator Simon Shakeshaft).

Match in which England wore the 1991 Away Blue Uniform
Season 1990-91


Graham Taylor

European Championship preliminary match
670 1 May 1991 - Turkey 0 England 1 [0-1]
Atatürk Stadyumu, Konak, İzmir (12,316)
Wise AW
Worn by 11 Players
 John Barnes Lee Dixon Steve Hodge  Gary Lineker
Gary Pallister Stuart Pearce David Platt Alan Smith
Geoff Thomas Des Walker Dennis Wise  

It was also worn on the bench by unused substitutes, David Batty, Nigel Clough and Gary Stevens.

England's Record wearing the 1991 Away Blue Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 0 1 1.00 0.00 100.0 +1
Total 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 0 1 1.00 0.00 100.0 +1