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England's Home Uniform
March2003 to November2004

2001 Home Uniform
2002 Away Uniform
2004 Away Uniform
2005 Home Uniform

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White short-sleeved shirt, with 17 horizontal shadow stripes across the chest and back, the top five of which are progressively closer together than the bottom twelve, the top two being the closest together. Thick navy blue hem at the bottom of the shirt. White winged collar and cuffs, edged with a navy blue stripe. Thick red stripe running down centre of back of collar. Red v-neck, extending down chest to edge of emblem, left side overlapping right, with two red plastic fasteners on right. Mesh panel down each side of shirt covering underarm and inner sleeve, bounded by thick reverse stitching down each side, running from cuffs to hem. Broad red stripe running from one cuff to the other, across the shoulders, narrower at each cuff. Small gold star on left sleeve, just above cuff. Embroidered emblem in centre of chest, with 'ENGLAND' in capitalised white lettering inside a navy blue panel above the emblem. Two embroidered navy blue concentric diamonds below emblem. Large rounded rectangular label attached to right hip, bordered in thick navy blue, with 'ENGLAND' in capitalised navy blue lettering in a panel across the top, an arch shape below it, containing a holographic emblem, with 'ENGLAND' in capitalised white lettering inside a navy blue panel above the emblem, 'OFFICIAL TEAM PRODUCT' in capitalised navy blue lettering below the emblem, and a red Umbro diamonds logo and English flag in adjacent panels at the bottom. Panels on label are bordered by thin navy blue stripes. Navy blue number on reverse and in centre of chest, below Umbro diamonds logo, in a different font to previous England shirts. Surname in capitalised navy blue lettering above number on reverse, in same font as the numbers. Match details embroidered in navy blue, positioned centrally at bottom of shirt, just above hem, in following format (not actual font):





Navy blue shorts, with navy blue drawstring. Red stripe running down three-quarters of seams, thicker at waistband and cut diagonally at its end, so that it points inwards. White number on left thigh, in the same font as on the shirt. Embroidered emblem on right thigh, with 'ENGLAND' in capitalised white lettering inside a navy blue panel above the emblem. Two embroidered white concentric diamonds on right thigh, below emblem.

White socks, with navy blue hoop across tops. Two large navy blue concentric diamonds on front of calf. English flag on back of calf.

  • A long-sleeved version of the shirt was also worn. The red stripe down the sleeves ended at the elbow and was cut diagonally by thick reverse stitching at its end, so that it pointed inwards. The gold star was positioned on the upper left sleeve.
  • The shirts worn by Ashley Cole also included his first initial i.e. A. COLE.
  • Apart from the game against South Africa, the shirts won by Joe Cole also included his first initial i.e. J. COLE.
  • Apart from the first six games in which this shirt was worn, the shirts worn by the Neville brothers also included their first initial i.e. G. NEVILLE and P. NEVILLE.
  • For the three games played in the 2004 European Championship final tournament, England had logos sewn-on to the upper sleeves. The 'Euro 2004' tournament logo was on the right arm and the UEFA Fair Play logo was on the left arm.
  • In the game against Wales, England had a black-and-white FIFA WORLD CUP GERMANY 2006 logo embroidered onto the upper right sleeve.
  • The names of England's opponents, as they appeared in the match details, were AUSTRIA, CROATIA, DENMARK, FRANCE, LEICHTENSTEIN*, MACEDONIA, PORTUGAL, SERBIA & MONTENEGRO, SLOVAKIA, SOUTH AFRICA, SPAIN, SWITZERLAND, TURKEY and WALES. England were named first in the seven home fixtures, plus the European Championship fixture against Switzerland. They were named second in the other ten fixtures.

*In the home game against Liechtenstein, the opponent's name was misspelt as LEICHTENSTEIN (thanks to Simon Shakeshaft and England Match Shirts for spotting that one!).

  • In the home games against Slovakia, Croatia and Liechtenstein, and away to Spain, England wore all white. An alternative pair of white shorts was worn, with white drawstring and the following design details:
    • Navy blue hem. Red stripe running down three-quarters of seams, thicker at waistband and cut diagonally at its end, so that it points inwards. Thin navy blue stripe borders red stripe on inward side and runs down to hem, curving towards rear. Navy blue number on left thigh, in the same font as on the shirt. Embroidered emblem on right thigh, with 'ENGLAND' in capitalised white lettering inside a navy blue panel above the emblem. Two embroidered navy blue concentric diamonds on right thigh, below emblem.
Most Appearances

15 - David Beckham, Frank Lampard (3 sub), Michael Owen

  • 34 players appeared in this kit, in 17 games.

  • Beckham, Lampard and Owen each only completed 10 of the 17 games. Taking into account the times when each joined and left the action, Owen appeared for the longest time on the pitch in this shirt, by ten minutes more than Beckham, though this cannot be entirely accurate due to the varying amounts of added time at the end of each half.

  • Wayne Rooney played in 14 of the 17 games, but did not complete a full ninety minutes in any of them.

  • 4 players won their first caps in the shirt. John Terry came on as a half-time substitute. He went on to win 78 caps, with only the one appearance as substitute.

  • 7 players made their last international appearances in the shirt. For Paul Scholes, the Euro 2004 quarter-final, against Portugal, was his 66th cap.

  • Nicky Butt won his 39th and last cap in the shirt, whilst Darius Vassell's last touch of his 22nd appearance was to miss the vital spot-kick that led to England's demise in the shootout against Portugal at Euro 2004.

  • Every one of Vassell's eight appearances in this shirt, was as a substitute. Owen Hargreaves also made eight appearances from the bench in the shirt, but managed to start and complete one game, against Macedonia.

Top Scorers

6 - Michael Owen (1 Pen.)

5 - David Beckham (3 Pens.), Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney

  • Owen also scored in England's penalty shootout, against Portugal.

  • Beckham also missed three penalties in this shirt, against Turkey, France and Portugal (in the shootout).

  • When the 18-year-old Rooney scored his first against Switzerland, he became the youngest ever scorer in the history of the European Championship final tournament, though he only held the record for four days, until Johan Vonlanthen, a Swiss opponent, who was exactly 100 days younger than Rooney, netted against France in their next match in the group.

  • Rooney's second against Switzerland, hit the post and rebounded in off the Swiss 'keeper, Stiel, so should, technically, have been an own goal.

  • Similarly, England's opener against Wales, credited to Lampard, actually deflected in off Owen.

  • Four players, including Lampard and Rooney, scored their first international goals in this shirt. Lampard went on to score 29, whilst Rooney surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time scoring record for England, with 53.

  • The only player to score his last England goal in this shirt was Gareth Southgate, who scored his second for his country after only 36 seconds of the game against South Africa.


15 - David Beckham

2 - Michael Owen

  • Once again, Beckham dominated the captaincy. When he was unavailable, as in June 2003, when he was suspended, Owen stepped in as his deputy.


Following on from the bold red stripe of the 2001 white kit, England's next home shirt also made lavish use of red and it was worn at the final stages of Euro 2004, a tournament that threatened to transform a young star into an all-time great, before descending into the usual penalty shootout heartache.

The main innovation in this shirt, yet another designed by Umbro, is the small gold star placed on the arm in recognition of England's sole World Cup triumph in 1966. Somewhat less innovative, but curious nonetheless, was that at first glance, the newly-introduced practice of adding the fixture and date to the chest of the shirt, seemed to have been discarded. However, it was merely re-positioned to a less prominent location, the base of the front of the shirt, only visible when the shirt was not tucked into the shorts.

One further curiosity was that the Umbro diamonds logo was switched from the left to the right thigh of the shorts for the first time on an England kit. This meant that it had to compete with the emblem, rather than the number, for attention.

On the field, Eriksson's squad qualified for the European Championship final tournament, beating off a strong challenge from a resurgent Turkish team that had finished third at the last World Cup. A brave backs-to-the-wall performance in Istanbul saw England secure their place in Portugal.

The tournament began with a tough encounter with the defending champions, France, where England almost pulled off a memorable victory, but the fates conspired against them. Beckham missed a penalty and Zidane was waiting to provide the sting in the tail at the end. If England were feeling sorry for themselves, Wayne Rooney proved to be the perfect antidote and the fearless 18-year-old exploded onto the scene with two goals against Switzerland.

Just as we were starting to believe that we had a team of world-beaters, the rug was pulled from under us again. Rooney broke a bone in his foot against the hosts and England were left in an epic battle for supremacy, penalties once again proving the insurmountable obstacle.

As usual, we licked the wounds and carried on. A strong start to the 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign and time for a new kit...

Matches in Which England Wore the 2003 Home White Uniform


800 29 March 2003 2-0 vs. Liechtenstein, Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz ECP AW
801 2 April 2003 2-0 vs. Turkey, Stadium of  Light, Sunderland HW
802 22 May 2003 2-1 vs. South Africa, ABSA King's Park Stadium, Durban Fr AW
803 3 June 2003 2-1 vs. Serbia & Montenegro, Walkers Stadium, Leicester Fr HW
804 11 June 2003 2-1 vs. Slovakia, Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough ECP HW


England wore the all-white kit, against Slovakia.


805 20 August 2003 3-1 vs. Croatia, Portman Road, Ipswich Fr HW


England wore the all-white kit, against Croatia.
806 6 September 2003 2-1 vs. FYR Macedonia, Gradski Stadion, Skopje ECP AW
807 10 September 2003 2-0 vs. Liechtenstein, Old Trafford, Manchester HW


England wore the all-white kit, against Liechtenstein.
808 11 October 2003 0-0 vs. Turkey, Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadyumu, İstanbul ECP AD
809 16 November 2003 2-3 vs. Denmark, Old Trafford, Manchester Fr HL
810 18 February 2004 1-1 vs. Portugal, Estádio Algarve, Faro Loulé Fr AD
Euro Champ Finals 2004
814 13 June 2004 1-2 vs. France, Estádio da Luz, Lisboa, Portugal ECF NL
815 17 June 2004 3-0 vs. Switzerland, Estádio Municipal de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal NW
817 24 June 2004 2-2 vs. Portugal, Estádio da Luz, Lisboa AD


819 4 September 2004 2-2 vs. Austria, Ernst Happel Stadion, Wien WCP AD
821 9 October 2004 2-0 vs. Wales, Old Trafford, Manchester HW
823 17 November 2004 0-1 vs. Spain, Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid Fr AL


England wore the all-white kit, against Spain.


England's Record wearing the 2003 Home Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 7 6 0 1 15 6 +9 0 3 2.143 0.857 85.7 +5
Away 8 3 4 1 11 8 +3 2 2 1.375 1.00 62.5 +2
Neutral 2 1 0 1 4 2 +2 0 1 2.00 1.00 50.0 =0
Total 17 10 4 3 30 16 +14 2 6 1.765 0.941 70.6 +7