Ranking England’s last 10 kits by their record while wearing them

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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.

10. 2001-03

Played: 24
Won: 11
Drew: 9
Lost: 4
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.

9. 2013-14

Played: 10
Won: 5
Drew: 3
Lost: 2
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.

8. 2016-17

Played: 24
Won: 13
Drew: 7
Lost: 4
Win Rate: 54.2%

Highlight: Adam Lallana scoring a late winner against Slovakia in Sam Allardyce’s one and only match in charge.

Lowlight: Iceland.

7. 2010-12

Played: 14
Won: 8
Drew: 4
Lost: 2
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.

5= 2012-13

Played: 15
Won: 9
Drew: 4
Lost: 2
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.

5= 2003-05

Played: 25
Won: 15
Drew: 5
Lost: 5
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.

4. 2007-09

Played: 23
Won: 14
Drew: 3
Lost: 6
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.

3. 2014-15

Played: 22
Won: 14
Drew: 5
Lost: 3
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.

2. 2009-10

Played: 18
Won: 12
Drew: 3
Lost: 3
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.

1. 2005-06

Played: 24
Won: 17
Drew: 3
Lost: 4
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.


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