It’s never been that simple to say that England play in white and blue at home and red and white away.
It’s never been that simple to say that England play in white at home and red away.
And there’s no better example of that than their most famous victory, the 1966 World Cup final. When Bobby Moore was held aloft clutching the trophy at Wembley, he was wearing a red shirt and, in 2002, England triumphed over Argentina in the same colour.
But for most people, England means white. This is the colour England wore in Italia 90 for their greatest World Cup performance since 1966. In 1970, against Romania and Brazil, they wore white in the style of all-conquering Real Madrid.
They have since worn all white against Liechtenstein in September 2003, when they won 2-0 at Old Trafford and in last November’s friendly against Spain in the Bernabéu stadium in Madrid.
After red and white, blue is the most common colour for England shirts. Pale blue saw them to a 1-0 win over Czechoslovakia in the 1970 World Cup and it was revived in the early 1990s. It was the colour worn by Dennis Wise when his goal gave England a win in Turkey in 1991.
In the 1950 World Cup, England picked a dark shirt for a dark day. The team that included such legends as Billy Wright and Tom Finney, slumped to a 1-0 defeat against the USA wearing navy blue shirts.
England have occasionally strayed from red, white and blue - sometimes with disastrous results. In 1973, they took to the field in yellow shirts, navy blue shorts and yellow socks, and lost 2-0 to Poland in a vital World Cup qualifying game. And in 1976, playing in the Bicentennial Cup in the USA, England stepped out in pale yellow, an experiment that has not been repeated since.