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England's Home Uniform
May2013 to March2014

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Description
White short-sleeved shirt, with obsidian (dark) blue crew-neck. Seams cut to an overlapping v-shape at each hem, with a St. George cross underneath. Embroidered emblem on left breast, with an inner gold border and a gold star above the emblem. Commemorative logo underneath the emblem, with 150 YEARS in white on a gold riband and the years 1863 and 2013 in gold either side of it. Obsidian Swoosh on right breast, obsidian number in centre of chest and on reverse, in a new font, with surname in capitalised obsidian lettering in an arc above number on reverse in same font. White emblem at base of each number on reverse. Reinforcing white rounded rubber upper-case T-shaped bar across top of each sleeve seam and then along shoulder seam towards the neck. Eleven rounded white rectangular plastic strips running horizontally across to each side seam on the inside of the front of the shirt, with eight ventilation holes on the uppermost, followed by strips of seven, six and five holes, then two of four holes, two of three holes and three of two holes on the lowest strips. Rectangular obsidian label on left hip with AUTHENTIC in large white capitalised letters, with two white lines underneath, followed by DESIGNED TO THE EXACT SPECIFICATIONS OF CHAMPIONSHIP ATHLETES in white capitalised letters below, with a white Swoosh to the left of a nine-digit serial number in white at the bottom of the label. DRI-FIT in capitalised grey lettering embroidered onto right hip.

Obsidian shorts, with obsidian drawstring, and obsidian rounded rubber upper-case T-shaped bar running down each seam and towards each other across the back. DRI-FIT in capitalised white lettering embroidered onto right hip. White number on left thigh, in same font as on shirt, with white Swoosh underneath. Embroidered emblem on right thigh, with an inner gold border.

White socks, with a thin obsidian band across the tops and an obsidian Swoosh on shin. Patterned footings in two shades of grey, with DRI-FIT in capitalised dark-grey lettering on each instep.

England's captain wore a plain red armband.

Variations
  • The shirts worn by Ashley Cole also included his first initial i.e. A. COLE, despite Carlton and Joe Cole making their last appearances in 2010. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain only included his paternal family name (CHAMBERLAIN) on his shirts.

  • The shirt worn by Glen Johnson against Ireland also included his first initial i.e. G. JOHNSON.

  • In the three World Cup qualification fixtures, England had the 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP BRAZIL QUALIFIERS logo embroidered onto the right sleeve and the MY GAME IS FAIR PLAY FIFA logo on the left sleeve.

Most Appearances

7 - Gary Cahill, James Milner (6 sub), Wayne Rooney, Jack Wilshere (3 sub)

  • 30 players wore this shirt.

  • Cahill was the only player to complete seven games in the shirt (630 minutes, plus added time).

  • 6 players made their international debut in the shirt, with only Jay Rodriguez failing to appear again for England.

  • Adam Lallana had won 29 caps by the end of 2016.

  • Another three players won their last cap in the shirt, with Ashley Cole making a 107th appearance.

Top Scorers

3 - Danny Welbeck

2 - Steven Gerrard, Rickie Lambert, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge (1 pen.)

  • Rickie Lambert and Andros Townsend were the only players to score their first international goal in this shirt.

  • Both scored on their debuts, with Lambert's being his first touch of the ball after coming on as a substitute for Wayne Rooney against Scotland.

  • With one centurion (Cole) making his last appearance, two others scored their last international goal. Frank Lampard netted his 29th, whilst Steven Gerrard's 21st clinched England's place in Brazil at the 2014 World Cup.

Captains

6 - Steven Gerrard

1 - Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard

  • Cole's solitary appearance as captain was marked by the presentation to him of a golden cap to commemorate his hundredth appearance, achieved earlier in the year against Brazil.

 

Following 28 years of Umbro kits, Nike finally took the plunge and created their first design for England. They had acquired Umbro in 2008, and before selling on the company in December 2012, negotiated a new five-year contract with the Football Association, in Nike's role of parent company.

However, they were unable to put the England team in a Nike kit until late May of the FA's 150th year. This was, presumably, due to a contractual agreement that the last Umbro England kit couldn't be shelved after less than a year. It was a little strange, anyway, to decorate the England kit in this way, because the England team was 'only' 141 years old, but the same thing happened for the centenary year of 1963, so it was consistent with previous celebrations.

The fear of entrusting this particular heritage to an American multinational was that England would become "just another country" in the Nike catalogue, and the national team would simply slip into its latest template that Nike had produced for its mass market.

Well, it made a rather unassuming debut, being released to the media on 20th May via Jack Wilshere returning to the Priory School in Hitchin and selecting a 16-year-old student, Jason Kelly to model it. First impressions were that it was just like the shirt that West Germany wore in the 1966 World Cup Final, and, if it wasn't for the Three Lions emblem, it could easily pass for the United States national team kit.

Putting aside the similarities to other kits for a moment, the important things to note were that the touches of gold on the shirt were quite fitting for the first Football Association in the world to notch up 150 years of governance. The gold riband beneath the emblem meant that for the first time since 2001, England would not be displaying the name of their opponents on their shirts and it would be, effectively, the same shirt for every game (except when patches were worn for the World Cup qualifiers).

The colour of the shorts (obsidian) seemed like a throwback to the 1950s and beyond, with them appearing almost as a dark grey. This was a complete contrast to the St. George cross-inspired themes of the last three Umbro England kits, though the Under-20 team briefly reverted back to an all-white kit in the 2014 Toulon Tournament. One other minor thing to point out was that the surnames on the back of the shirt were printed in an arc for the first time in ten years.

With only a year to celebrate the anniversary, and not being able to release it until late May, this kit was, inevitably, short-lived, though it did manage to appear in an extra game in 2014, before making way for Nike's first World Cup edition for England.

Interestingly, it was only ever worn at Wembley, with the new away kit being reserved for the only two away games during the period. There were some very high-profile games to commemorate the year and yet again, England gave the impression that they would be strong World Cup contenders in the year that preceded the tournament.

From past experience, we should have known better. Winning le Tournoi in 1997, beating Germany 5-1 in 2001, beating Argentina in 2005 and thrashing Croatia to qualify with games to spare in 2009; all generated an unhealthy optimism for the following year's World Cup.

Matches in Which England Wore the 2013 Home White Uniform
Season 2012-13

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Roy Hodgson

Friendlies - FA 150th Year Anniversary
919 29 May 2013 - England 1 Republic of Ireland 1 [1-1]
The National Stadium, Wembley, London
(80,126)
Lampard
Long
HD
Season 2013-14
921 14 August 2013 - England 3 Scotland 2 [1-1]
The National Stadium, Wembley, London (80,485)
Walcott, Welbeck, Lambert
Morrison, Miller
HW

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World Cup Preliminaries
922 6 September 2013 - England 4 Moldova 0 [3-0]
The National Stadium, Wembley, London
(61,607)
Gerrard, Lambert, Welbeck (2) HW
924 11 October 2013 - England 4 Montenegro 1 [0-0]
The National Stadium, Wembley, London (83,807)
Rooney, Bošković OG, Townsend, Sturridge (pen)
Damjanović
HW
925 15 October 2013 - England 2 Poland 0 [1-0]
The National Stadium, Wembley, London (85,186)
Rooney, Gerrard HW
Friendlies - FA 150th Year Anniversary
926 15 November 2013 - England 0 Chile 2 [0-1]
The National Stadium, Wembley, London
(62,953)
Sánchez (2) HL
927 19 November 2013 - England 0 Germany 1 [0-1]
The National Stadium, Wembley, London (85,934)
Mertesacker HL
Friendly
928 5 March 2014 - England 1 Denmark 0 [0-0]
The National Stadium, Wembley, London (68,573)
Sturridge HW

 

England's Record wearing the 2013 Home Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 8 5 1 2 15 7 +8 2 3 1.875 0.875 68.8 +3
Total 8 5 1 2 15 7 +8 2 3 1.875 0.875 68.8 +3


Although Joe Hart is modelling the green goalkeeping kit in this promotional shot, it was only ever worn with the red away kit. The gold kit always accompanied the white home kit, yet Hart wore the gold in the promotional shots with the red kit! Could this have been a last-minute change of plan, or an administrative cock-up?

The shirt worn by Gary Cahill on its last appearance, against Denmark.

 From Richard Clarke's 'Three Lions - England Match Worn Shirts' Facebook Collection.

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