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1997 Away Uniform
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Two-tone red striped short-sleeved shirt. Large two-tone image of blowing English flag in centre of chest, with St. George Cross in darker shade. Smaller rectangular panels, shorter at the top and bottom, in lighter shade, either side of the flag, with horizontal stripe in darker shade across the middle, echoing the edges of the flag. Wider central stripe in lighter shade containing five smaller versions of the flag, below the large flag in a vertical line. Navy-blue winged collar, with an outer white stripe and an inner red stripe near the edge. Curved navy-blue insert beneath the neck, overlaid with white curved inserts, each edged with a navy-blue stripe and with the left insert overlapping the right. Embroidered emblem, with light-blue lions, in centre of chest, with white registered trademark underneath left-hand side of emblem, 'ENGLAND' in capitalised white lettering below it and 'UMBRO' in large capitalised white lettering above it. White number, with navy-blue border, on reverse and in the centre of the chest, beneath the emblem, in a new font. 'FIFA WORLD CUP' and then 'FRANCE 1998' centralised in capitalised white lettering directly above the number on the chest. Player's surname in capitalised white lettering, with a navy-blue border, above number on reverse, in a new font (pink characters were unused).

White shorts, with red drawstring, edged with navy blue. Thick red rectangular panel, edged with navy blue, comprising lower third of seams. 'UMBRO' in large capitalised navy-blue lettering on left thigh. Embroidered emblem on right thigh, with navy-blue registered trademark underneath left-hand side of emblem and 'ENGLAND' in capitalised navy-blue lettering below it. Red number, with navy-blue border in the same font as on the shirt, above the emblem on right thigh.

Red socks of lighter tone, with two navy-blue hoops across tops and 'UMBRO' in large capitalised white lettering around calf.

  • The long-sleeved version of the shirt was worn by David Batty, David Beckham, Paul Ince and Paul Scholes. The cuffs were navy blue, with a white stripe near the edge.

  • The shirts worn by Les Ferdinand and Rio Ferdinand also included their first initial i.e. L. FERDINAND and R. FERDINAND, though both players stayed on the bench.

Most Appearances

1 - Tony Adams, Darren Anderton, David Batty (sub), David Beckham, Sol Campbell, Paul Ince, Robert Lee (sub), Graeme Le Saux, Steve McManaman (sub), Gary Neville, Michael Owen, Paul Scholes, Alan Shearer.

Top Scorers

1 - Darren Anderton, David Beckham

  • Beckham's was his first at international level. He went on to become the first player to score for England in three World Cup tournaments and his 17th and last international goal was just like his first, a free kick against South American opposition (Ecuador) in the World Cup (2006).

  • Anderton's was his sixth of a total seven in his England career.


Alan Shearer


England's 2-0 victory on a warm Friday night in Lens was their most convincing performance of the tournament and secured their place in the last 16, where they were knocked out by Argentina, on penalties, following a classic duel.

It was a welcome reappearance for the red shirt not seen since England won Le Tournoi, twelve months earlier. The combination of red shirts, with white shorts and socks was worn for only the sixth time in England's history and the first since the opening match of the 1982 World Cup, against France. They did not repeat the combination for another 21 years and they remain unbeaten in it.

As the red kit incorporated a different font for names and numbers to that of the white, it did not quite match when the white shorts were interchanged to provide an all-white kit against Argentina. A further inconsistency on the two World Cup kits was that the names on the back of the red shirt were printed in a straight line, whereas on the white shirt, they were in an arc.

Match in which England wore the 1998 World Cup Away Red Uniform
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 red away shirts and white shorts with the 1997 white home socks, against Colombia.
Worn by 13 Players
Tony Adams Darren Anderton David Batty David Beckham
Sol Campbell Paul Ince Rob Lee Graeme Le Saux
Steve McManaman Gary Neville Michael Owen Paul Scholes
Alan Shearer    

It was also worn on the bench by unused substitutes, Les Ferdinand, Rio Ferdinand, Martin Keown, Paul Merson, Teddy Sheringham and Gareth Southgate.

England's Record wearing the 1998 World Cup Away Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Neutral 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1
Total 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1