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England's Home Uniform
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1995 Home Uniform
1997 Away Uniform
1998 World Cup 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 back and in the centre of the chest, beneath the emblem, in same font as previous England shirts, but each digit was narrower.

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. It was worn by the majority of the team in the games at Wembley against Italy, Cameroon, Czech Republic and France, plus the game in Switzerland. For each of the other games, the short-sleeved version was worn by the most players.
  • For the two games played in the 1997 Tournoi de France and the three games in the 1998 World Cup finals tournament, the player's surname was printed in an arc in capitalised red lettering, with a navy-blue border, above the number on the back of the shirt. Characters shaded pink were unused in both tournaments, whilst D and the small letter c were not used in Le Tournoi because Tony Adams and Steve McManaman were not in that squad. The small c was repositioned on this font, as it had been at the bottom of the line on McManaman's 1996 shirts.

  • 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. Only Gary was in the 1998 World Cup finals squad, so his initial was not used for that tournament.
  • Against Moldova, England wore black ribbons on the left breast, in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, who had died after a car accident, ten days previously.
  • For the games played in the 1998 World Cup finals tournament, 'FIFA WORLD CUP FRANCE 1998' was displayed in navy blue directly above the number on the chest.
  • The shirts worn by Les Ferdinand and Rio Ferdinand at the 1998 World Cup finals also included their first initial i.e. L. FERDINAND and R. FERDINAND, though both players stayed on the bench for the entire tournament.
Most Appearances

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

  • Seven players made their international debut in this shirt.

  • Michael Owen, England's youngest debutant of the twentieth 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.

  • Nine players signed off their international careers in this kit. 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 kit, 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 excessively-designed strip 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 kit for the navy-blue shorts of the home kit.

The colour of the three lions in the emblem was changed from the traditional navy blue to a light blue, although the navy-blue lions 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 that it was the Umbro team's jersey.

The kit 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 kit's last appearance, Hoddle had been replaced at the helm.

Matches in which England wore the 1997 Home White Uniform
Season 1996-97


Glenn Hoddle

World Cup preliminary match
730 12 February 1997 - England 0 Italy 1 [0-1]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London
Zola HL
Friendly match
731 29 March 1997 - England 2 Mexico 0 [1-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London
Sheringham (pen), Fowler HW
World Cup preliminary match
732 30 April 1997 - England 2 Georgia 0 [1-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (71,206)
Sheringham, Shearer HW
Friendly match
733 24 May 1997 - England 2 South Africa 1 [1-1]
Old Trafford, Stretford, Manchester
Lee, Wright
World Cup preliminary match
734 31 May 1997 - Poland 0 England 2 [0-1]
Stadion Śląski, Katowicka, Chorzów (32,000)
Shearer, Sheringham AW
Tournoi de France
735 4 June 1997 - Italy 0 England 2 [0-2]
Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes Erdre, Nantes (25,000)
Wright, Scholes NW
736 7 June 1997 - France 0 England 1 [0-0]
Stade de la Mosson, Bologne, Montpellier (21,331)
Shearer AW
Season 1997-98
World Cup preliminaries
738  10 September 1997 - England 4 Moldova 0 [1-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London
Scholes, Wright (2), Gascoigne HW
739 11 October 1997 - Italy 0 England 0 [0-0]
Stadio Olimpico, Municipio XV, Roma (81,200)
Friendly matches
740  15 November 1997 - England 2 Cameroon 0 [2-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (46,176)
 Scholes, Fowler HW
741 11 February 1998 - England 0 Chile 2 [0-1]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (65,226)
Salas (2 (1 pen)) HL
742  25 March 1998 - Switzerland 1 England 1 [1-0]
Wankdorfstadion, Wankdorf, Bern (17,100)
743  22 April 1998 - England 3 Portugal 0 [1-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London
Shearer (2), Sheringham HW
744  23 May 1998 - England 0 Saudi Arabia 0 [0-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London
Coupe Internationale Hassan II de Football in Morocco
745  27 May 1998 - Morocco 0 England 1 [0-0]
Complexe Sportif Mohamed V, Maarif Ancien, Casablanca (80,000)
 Owen AW
746  29 May 1998 - Belgium 0 England 0 [0-0] 4-3 on penalty-kicks
Complexe Sportif Mohamed V, Maarif Ancien, Casablanca (25,000)
World Cup Finals in France
747  15 June 1998 - England 2 Tunisia 0 [1-0]
Le Stade Vélodrome, Saint-Giniez, Marseille
Shearer, Scholes NW
748  22 June 1998 - Romania 2 England 1 [0-0]
Stade Municipal, Iles du Ramier, Toulouse (37,500)
Moldovan, Petrescu 
750  30 June 1998 - Argentina 2 England 2 [2-2]ᴭᵀ 4-3 on penalty-kicks
Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Rue Paul et Pierre Guichard, Saint-Étienne
Batistuta (pen), Zanetti
Shearer (pen), Owen
England wore all white, the white home shirt and socks with the 1997 white away shorts, against Argentina.
Season 1998-99
European Championship preliminary match
753 14 October 1998 - Luxembourg 0 England 3 [0-2]
Stade Josy Barthel, Belair, Lëtzebuerg (8,054)
Owen, Shearer (pen), Southgate AW
Friendly matches
754 18 November 1998 - England 2 Czech Republic 0 [2-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (38,535)
Anderton, Merson HW


Howard Wilkinson

755 10 February 1999 - England 0 France 2 [0-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (74,111)
Anelka (2) HL

Other match in which England wore the 1997 Home White Socks
Season 1997-98


Glenn Hoddle

World Cup Finals in France
749 26 June 1998 - England 2 Colombia 0 [2-0]
Stade Félix-Bollaert, Avenue Alfred Maes, Lens (41,275)
Anderton, Beckham NW
England wore the 1997 red away shirts and white shorts with the white home socks, against Colombia.

Worn by 36 Players (with their appearances in each sleeve length)
Tony Adams 8 1 Rob Lee 10
Darren Anderton 5 3 Graeme Le Saux 13 4
David Batty   16 Matthew Le Tissier 1
David Beckham   17 Steve McManaman 1 4
Nicky Butt 1 6 Paul Merson 3 3
Sol Campbell 13 4 Gary Neville 12
Andy Cole   2 Phil Neville 11
Stan Collymore   1 Michael Owen 9 1
Lee Dixon 1   Stuart Pearce 4
Dion Dublin 4   Jamie Redknapp 4
 Les Ferdinand 5   Stuart Ripley 1
Rio Ferdinand 3 3 Paul Scholes 9 2
Robbie Fowler 3   Alan Shearer 13
Paul Gascoigne 10 6 Teddy Sheringham 4 9
Lee Hendrie 1   Gareth Southgate 14 1
Andy Hinchcliffe 1 2 Chris Sutton 1
Paul Ince 1 16 Jason Wilcox 1
Martin Keown 5 3 Ian Wright 10 1

Players wearing both sleeve lengths in the same match are counted once in each column. Playing substitutes and those substituted each count as one. Players wearing different shirts with the same sleeve length in the same match only count as one (though it would appear that they only had one available in each length to choose from).

It was also worn on the bench by unused substitutes, David May (v. Mexico), Lee Clark and John Scales (at Le Tournoi), Gary Pallister (v. Moldova), Dominic Matteo (v. Switzerland), Ray Parlour (v. Portugal) and Nigel Winterburn (v. France at Wembley).

  • Paul Gascoigne continued with his curious habit of starting games in short sleeves and finishing them in long sleeves. He had first done this against Portugal at Wembley in December 1995. In 16 of his last 23 appearances for England, he switched to a long-sleeved shirt for the second half. He wore short sleeves throughout in each of the remaining seven appearances, two of which were as a second-half substitute.

  • Paul Ince had to discard his preferred long sleeves against Italy in Rome when his shirt became stained with his blood from a head injury, and he appeared for the second half in a short-sleeved England shirt for the first time since 1994.

The Under-16 and Under-18 teams wore the same design, except that each wore an embroidered scroll below the emblem, within which YOUTH was displayed, in navy blue. England's Under-21, Semi-Professional and women's teams also wore the same design, without the scrolls, but the Under-21s' kit included numbers on the front of the shirt and on the shorts. The women's team began wearing the smaller numbers on the shirts and shorts from the beginning of the 1998-99 season.

When the Under-20s played in the World Youth Championships of 1997 (in Malaysia) and 1999 (in Nigeria), each player's surname was worn in red on the back of the shirt above the number, in the same font as was worn in Le Tournoi and in the 1998 World Cup finals. In the 1999 tournament, it is presumed that Adam Chambers and James Chambers each wore their first initial (i.e. A. CHAMBERS and J. CHAMBERS). Smaller numbers were also worn on the chest and on the right thigh of the shorts. The YOUTH scroll was not worn and there was no tournament embroidery or sleeve logos.

The Under-21s also wore black ribbons on the left breast against Moldova in memory of the Princess of Wales, on the eve of the full international between the countries.

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