Ranked: The 5 Best-Looking England Kits Ever

July 3, 2020

If you are looking to buy a retro Three Lions shirt, you’ve got a lot of gorgeous kits to choose from.

While the England men’s team have varied in quality over the years, they’ve managed to remain super stylish – even at their most mediocre.

So, to help you choose your next kit, we have put together the five best-looking England kits ever.

1982 World Cup Away Kit

This kit was designed for the 1982 World Cup in Spain and used in a 3-1 victory over France and a goalless draw against West Germany. The blue on the shoulder with a blue and white stripe just under the neck of a fully red shirt went well with the white shorts and socks (against France). Against West Germany, the kit was slightly changed with the socks turned red with white and blue around the top part of the sock and the Adidas branding on the shirt. This was the penultimate Adidas kit before England changed to Umbro.

2006 World Cup Home Kit

One of the classic kits of recent times was made by Umbro and launched in 2005. This design was used at the 2006 World Cup in Germany and debuted in a World Cup qualifier against Northern Ireland. New features such as the St. George’s cross were added on the right shoulder of the kit. The kit numbers remained in the middle of the shirt. It came with dark blue shorts with the Three Lions crest on the right side and white shocks.

1998 World Cup Home Kit

This kit was used between 1997 and 1999, making its debut against Italy. A rather busy kit with many new features compared with previous years. Umbro added red and blue panels to each side of the shirt. In the middle of the shirt, you have the Three Lions crest with the Umbro logo and the kit number beneath in red. The shorts also included the kit number outlined in red with the crest beneath on the right side for the first time with the Umbro logo appearing once again on the left side. Each sock had the Three Lions crest printed in the middle. The cuff of the socks included a red and blue design.

1950 World Cup Home Kit

A unique design in the history of English kits. One of the first kits to have the Three Lions crest as we know it. Umbro decided to make a completely blue shirt with collars and buttons down to the shorts. As usual on the left side of the shirt, you have the Three Lions. However, there was no Umbro branding (England’s first kit manufacturer’s logo was introduced in 1974). The white shorts, like most kits in this era, were very long and baggy. The majority of the sock is a dark blue with white at the top. England only wore this beautiful kit once, a historic 1-0 defeat against the USA in the 1950 World Cup.

1990 World Cup Home Kit

A heavily Umbro-branded shirt with the logo trimmed on the navy-blue collar, the sleeves and the shorts. Made explicitly for the 1990 edition of the World Cup. The shirt also had the Umbro diamond imprinted all over the shirt. FIFA World Cup Italia ’90 was stitched under the badge in the match-worn kit. White shorts with navy blue numbers and the famous Three Lions underneath. The cuff of the sock was coloured white with the Three Lions imprinted and the rest of the sock coloured red.

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