England Football Kits
Despite England’s chronic
underachievement at major tournaments, support for the national team remains
strong and sales of England football kits continues to remain at consistently
high levels. As a UK based business, it is unsurprising that England are our
bestselling international football kit, but even when we filter out UK
customers and look purely at international orders, England remain one of most
popular kits with football fans around the world.
England’s greatest achievement
was winning the 1966 World Cup, with a controversial victory over bitter rivals
West Germany at Wembley. Since then, it has been one bitter disappointment
after another with the most crushing being semi-final exists to the Germans at
the 1990 World Cup and in the Euro 96 tournament finals – a competition the
The England national team jersey
has been worn by some of football’s finest ever players, with Gary Lineker,
Bobby Moore, Paul Gascoigne, Alan Shearer, Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney,
Michael Owen and David Beckham just some of the names who have worn the Three
Lions Kit with pride.
Not only does the latest England
football shirt sell strongly, but there are consistently strong sales of
classic England retro jerseys with the 1966, 1982, 1990, 1996 and 1998 kits the
England Home Shirt
The home kit of the English
national team is white in colours. Historically, it was worn with navy shorts
however in recent years there has been a shift towards white shorts and white
England’s first competitive match
was in 1872 when they first wore the white jerseys emblazoned with the Three
Lions crest. Early editions of the kit featured buttons and large collars –
design features which would horrify the aerodynamic focused manufacturers of
the modern era!
England Away Shirt
Ironically, despite England’s
distinctive home shirt, by far the most iconic and best well known away shirt
is the red away jersey worn in the 1966 World Cup Final. Is there a more iconic
photo in English footballing history than that of captain Bobby Moore lifting
the Jules Rimet trophy aloft as he is hoisted up by his teammates?
Worn with white shorts and red
socks, the England away shirt sells extremely well with both adults and
children and will be forever associated with the famous triumph in 1966.
England Shirt History
In 1954, the first commercial
England kits were released when Umbro made the home & away replica shirts
available for sale to the public for the first time. The jersey was worn for
the first time in a fixture with Wales and was a simple t-shirt style top with
a V-Neck collar.
In 1960, Bukta took over the
contract and in 1963 released a special centenary edition kit which celebrated
100 years of the Football Association. The following year however, Umbro
regained the contract and made the now famous 1966 World Cup winning kits.
In 1974, Don Revie’s reign as
England manager kicked off with a new partnership with Admiral, with the kits
featuring a collar for the first time in over 20 years. This did not seem to
help the national team though as they failed to qualify for the 1976 European
Championships and the 1978 World Cup.
A new look kit was released for
1982 World Cup and although it was unpopular with the players who claimed it
was too heavy for the warm conditions, it does remain one of our bestselling
England retro shirts as nostalgic fans remember the era of Trevor Brooking and
In 1984, Umbro returned as kit
manufacturers and introduced a simple, more subtle design which incorporated
the Three Lions logo onto the shorts for the first time. New kits were released
for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico where England were eliminated by Diego
Maradona’s Hand of God.
For both the 1986 and 1990 World
Cups, the English FA tried to introduce a pale blue jersey which was worn as
the third kit, although this never proved to be a major success. The 1990 World
Cup saw Umbro introduce an all-white England kit for the first time as England
came within a penalty shootout of reaching their first final since 1966. The
1990 kits were also the first to feature the new look Umbro logo which had the
brand name in upper case lettering for the first time.
At the European Championships in
1992, there was another important landmark in the evolution of England’s
jerseys as numbers were worn on the front of the shirt for the first time.
In 1994, England failed to
qualify for the FIFA World Cup, which led to the end of Graham Taylor’s reign
as manager. Fortunes were changed though as England hosted Euro 1996 and the
kits worn in this tournament are among the most iconic in English football
history. As well as the national team crest being worn in the middle of the
shirts for the first time, they also introduced a pale grey away jersey which
is unfortunately now synonymous with Gareth Southgate’s penalty miss against
The red away kit returned for the
1998 World Cup, which saw the start (and nearly the end) of David Beckham’s
international career, when he was sent off in the quarter final defeat by
The 2002 World Cup saw the
introduction of a red stripe down the side of the home shirt in homage to the
St George’s Cross and saw England unlucky to be knocked out by Brazil in the
quarter finals. Umbro claimed the kit was 20% lighter than its predecessor and
the tournament also saw player names printed on the shirts for the first time.
The kit was worn in England’s famous 5-1 thrashing of Germany in Berlin.
Euro 2004 saw the introduction of
a new kit which focused more heavily on the St George’s Cross and saw the
introduction of the teenage Wayne Rooney who played a starring role at the
The 2006 World Cup saw the gold
star, signifying England’s World Cup triumph, move from the sleeve to above the
badge while a small white cross was added to the design above the shoulder. Yet
again, England suffered penalty heartache, losing to Portugal after Wayne
Rooney was sent off.
The final pure-Umbro kits were
worn in the Euro 2008 campaign, which, despite being Umbro’s most high tech kit
yet, saw bitter disappointment as defeat to Croatia on that wet night at
Wembley saw England fail to qualify for the tournament and brought to end the
reign of both Umbro and Steve McLaren.
By 2010, Umbro were owned by Nike
and although their logo continued to show on the kits, there was a heavy Nike
influence on the jerseys. The early Nike kits featured a minimalistic retro
design and were widely criticised for their unimaginative approach. During this
period, England shirts sold at their lowest numbers for many years.
The first Nike branded kit was
released in 2013 before being replaced a year later for the 2014 World Cup and
again were somewhat plain and uninspiring kits (much like the team at this
England Shirt Printing
UKSoccershop offer a wide range
of England shirt printing, supplying official name and numbers for all England
stars past and present or even with your name and numbers. All our
international football shirt printing are done in the same style that the
players wear and includes the front number.
England Training Kit
As well as supplying official
home & away replica shirts, shorts and socks, our England store also offers
a fantastic range of England training clothing including jackets, tracksuits,
pants, training jerseys, t-shirts, sweat tops, hoodies and great gifts and