England released their new kits this week ahead of the 2018 World Cup, but how fondly will it be looked back upon in years to come?
Nike unveiled a plain strip ahead of this summer’s competition in Russia, with players and fans dreaming this will be the shirt worn as the Three Lions finally make another mark on a major tournament.
We’ve taken a look back at their last 10 cycles of home and away shirts, determining in which they had the best record, and also a highlight and lowlight from each period.
Win Rate: 45.8%
Highlight: David Beckham’s heroics against Greece and Argentina.
Lowlight: David Seaman slumped in the back of the next after being lobbed by Ronaldinho.
Win Rate: 50%
Highlight: Alex Oxalde-Chamberlain’s solo goal at the Maracana in a 2-2 draw with Brazil.
Lowlight: Consecutive home defeats to Chile and Germany.
Win Rate: 54.2%
Highlight: Adam Lallana scoring a late winner against Slovakia in Sam Allardyce’s one and only match in charge.
Win Rate: 57.1%
Highlight: Beating World Cup holders Spain 1-0 at Wembley. Yeah, it was a friendly, but there isn’t much to pick from.
Lowlight: Scoring two goals in the final five minutes to come back from 2-0 down against Holland, then still losing.
Win Rate: 60%
Highlight: Danny Welbeck’s back-heel to complete the 3-2 comeback victory over Sweden at Euro 2012.
Lowlight: Joe Hart trying to put off Andrea Pirlo in the penalty shootout defeat to Italy before conceding a Panenka.
Win Rate: 60%
Highlight: Wayne Rooney bursting onto the scene in exhilarating fashion at Euro 2004.
Lowlight: Ricardo taking off his goalkeeping gloves as Portugal triumphed on penalties.
Win Rate: 60.8%
Highlight: Winning 2-1 at Germany with a substitutes’ bench featuring Michael Mancienne, Jimmy Bullard and Kevin Davies. Gabby Agbonlahor started up front. Plus Sol Campbell’s never-ending slide tackle.
Lowlight: Steve McClaren, the umbrella, Scott Carson and that game against Croatia.
Win Rate: 63.6%
Highlight: Scotland 1-3 England? England 2-0 France? Gary Lewin breaking his ankle celebrating Daniel Sturridge’s goal vs Italy? F*ck knows.
Lowlight: Finishing bottom of Group D at the 2014 World Cup.
Win Rate: 66.6%
Highlight: John Terry’s valiant attempt to block a shot with his own face while crawling across the turf.
Lowlight: The rest of the 2010 World Cup.
Win Rate: 70.8%
Highlight: Michael Owen’s two late goals to seal a 3-2 win over Argentina. A meaningless friendly. A glorious, expectation-raising victory.
Lowlight: Yet another defeat on penalties to Portugal at the 2006 World Cup.
Basically naming obscure betting companies.
Dumbarton almost signed Johan Cruyff.
“I hope he’s not better than me” – Roberto Carlos.
It is now ridiculously tight.
Yes, Mick McCarthy shouting “f*ck off” makes it.
You didn’t even blink at this Lionel Messi assist.
A class act from Danny Rose.
Anthony Martial can dribble. His best this season?
Some brilliant insight from the Man Utd legend.
This is just phenomenal.