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.
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
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.
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.
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
4 - Paul
2 - Tony
Adams, Sol Campbell
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
1995 home white and
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
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
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).
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
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
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.