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England Football Kits From 1966-2016 (FULL PICS)
England World Cup 1966
Mexico World Cup 1970
1982 World cup
2002 Japan world cup
South Africa 2010 world cup
2012 Poland/Ukraine Euro's
Evolution of the Kits
England football kits started off very basic and sophisticated. Even in an era which was renowned for its rainbow color (1960's), the kits remained basic and only included red and white, the two colors of the Georges cross and a touch of blue perhaps just as much staying true to the colors of the Union Jack. Blue however was a much smaller feature within the 66 kits.The image of this kit will always best be remembered with Bobby Moore hoist the 1966 winning squad, with Jules Rimett in hand. This kit will probably always have a soft spot in English hearts.
England kits saw very little change throughout the 60's and 70's as clubs and international teams hadn't yet cottoned on (mind the PUN) to the merchandising potential of football kit sales and producing a new one per competition.
The 1982 kit sported by Kevin Keegan and his fantastic perme, showed a little more adventure and is actually a nice kit, using bold block colored lines across the upper section, sticking to the same red, white and blue scheme which is synonymous with England.
The 1984 kit went back to being even simpler than before using only 2 colors by ditching the red color altogether for the home kit.
Then in 1988 they modified it ever so slightly bring a tiny small strip of red into the sleeve, people are likely to think of Gary Lineker when it comes to this era.
They reverted back to just white and blue for the 1990 home kit. Red still being the dominant color for away kits though. Everyone will always remember Gazza wearing this kit and his tears as England crashed out of the KO stages in a courageous effort.
A new color made its way into the kits of the early and mid 90's, a sky blue color.. not a dominant feature but slowly creeping in,
1996 European championships and Gazza is still an old hero, in addition to the emergence of Shearer, Sadly the Grey/light blue blended away kit will unfortunately be remembered greatest as being used to dry Gareth Southgates eyes after his miss vs bitter rivals Germany saw England crash out. This is the first time grey had been introduced to the England kit and in such strong dominance. Also bold vertical lines were being used to stylize the kit, opposed to the horizontal ones of 1973, something which would set a trend.
1996 was also the first time i recall seeing the squad numbers printed upon the front of the shirt itself, opposed to just on the shorts or back.
Enter France 1998 world cup, best remembered for Beckham and the emergence of Owen. The home kit had two bold stripes of red and blue etched upon a white base and the away kit was once again red but with a different tone of red alternating in vertical stripes. Another thing to note is that the kits were quite baggy in contrast to the tight fitting kits of previous decades and years gone by. This perhaps paralleled fashion within the UK.
The 2000 kit reverted back to simpler times, ditching the vertical lines and a more subtle appearance with the majority of the kit bold white. Numbers remained on the center of the shirts.
The 2002 kit for the Japanese World Cup saw a comeback of the vertical stripe, this time a solo red stripe which ran down through the whole kit. These kits were all about Beckham who made them look more catwalk than scrappy.
The 2004 home kit for the euro's introduced a small st georges cross over the top right shoulder region but the away kit remained red but had a block bold blue horizontal line across the top. This was Rooneys tourney.
The 2008 kit saw all the central remain clear white, with all the detail, including a red horizontal stripe and the squad number shifted to the upper torso/neck region. This kit despite being nice will not be remembered, simply because every England fan has erased this era from their memory because it is simply to painful to revisit.
The 2010 kit brought back a collar for the first time since the 2000 kit. It also went very basic plain white with the exception of the squad number, which had returned to the center. I remember being wary of it at first because it seemed a little too simple and like a polo training shirt.. this was soon converted in my mind to a simple sophistication and once again unfortunately the kit will be forever related to painful memories of Capello's woeful World cup squad but nonetheless it's a nice kit. The away kit went extremely retro, coming closest to that which England lifted the cup in 1966 in. Sadly it didn't have the same effect, unless the effect was to create dubious goal line decisions.
2011 saw the release of a new kit, surprisingly quicker than normal, perhaps to quicker draw a line between the failed 2010 campaign and a look to the future. Shorts were made a lighter blue and the collar was replaced with a V-neck style which was very in trend in 2011 UK fashion. Even the number was removed from the shirt, creating a very stripped back look which looked really nice but alas the whole kit was ruined with some silly multicolored microscopic cross dotted across the very upper shoulder regions.
2012 saw the release of a new away kit, a very nice kit indeed and quite different from most of the other kits in history. The away kit was nearly for the first time not red, it was a use of the ever increasing sky blue and a dark marine blue, but remained sophisticated and simple.
The away kit was introduced just before the 2012 European championships and featured only 2 colors, red and white, so much so that for the first time they even made the lions on the England crest red as well. The overall result is a nice simple kit but nothing extraordinary, the use of red shorts and a red horizontal stripe across the top of the socks gives the kit a good balance and color co-ordination.
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