England Football Kit History: 1872-2022

Yesterday, England's football association announced that they will not play against Russia in international football "for the foreseeable future". Today, we want to take a look at the FA's kit history that is highlighted by some truly unique and remarkable looks.


Obviously, the most famous England shirt is the England 1966 away shirt that was worn in the World Cup final against Germany (4-2). Otherwise, the England Admiral 1980-83 home kit stands out since it incorporates red and blue effortlessly with a colour-block design on the chest, a timeless classic.



Unsurprisingly, England's most experimental shirts were created during the 1990s when Umbro sponsored the FA. One of the biggest anomalies was a grey away shirt during Euro 1996 that was ditched after a loss to Germany in the semi-final.


Another interesting idea by Umbro were the pale blue third shirts during the late 80s and early 1990s. The most memorable one is probably the England 1990 third kit that also featured in the music video for the song "World In Motion" by New Order.


The most unique and intriguing England jersey is the yellow alternative shirt during the 1970s reminiscent of the Brazilian national team. It was only worn three times and ditched immediately after two losses and one draw.



Generally speaking, England's home shirt combines a white base with red and / or blue accents, while the away shirt is traditionally red. However, the current England away jersey is blue. Interestingly, the England 2020-21 away shirt was never worn during Euro 2021.

England Kit History | 1872-2022



via @classicshirts

1872-1954 - In-House & Small Manufacturer



1954-1974 - First Umbro Era & Short Bukta Intermezzo



1974-1984 - Ten Years Under Admiral



1984-2013 - Umbro Returns



2013-? - Nike Takes Over



Regarding the future we can already leak that England will receive four new kits this summer, two for both the men's and women's national team. England's World Cup 2022 home kit will combine a white base with a light and a dark tone of blue, while the away jersey returns to red.



Which is your favorite England football kit of all time? Drop us a line below, and make sure to check out Football Kit Archive for more teams.
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