Suits you - The complete history of England suits

All the senior squads tournament outfits


On Sunday the England squad posed in their shiny new suits before heading off to Miami to begin their World Cup training.   

The £199 suits are designed by Marks and Spencer. Here we take a look back at the previous looks the England team have gone for, before heading off to the world’s biggest footballing stage. 

2014 World Cup in Brazil
The grey three-piece suits are designed by Autograph for M&S. The famous three lions crest is embroidered in grey on the breast pocket. 

The slim-fitting suit is made from wool and mohair fabric has a star stitched onto the inside pocket, signifying the team’s one and only World Cup success in 1966. 

Thin lapels and slanted pockets complete the stylish look, which was first modelled by Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Leighton Bains and Ashley Cole, who didn’t even make the final World Cup squad. 

2010 World Cup in South Africa

Fabio Capello’s squad touched down in Johannesburg with a class light grey suit four years ago, again provided by M&S.  

The jacket had a more noticeable crest stitched onto the pocket than the current suit. Players donned a straight black tie with off-white shirts. 

Despite looking the part, Capello’s men were knocked out of the tournament by bitter rivals Germany, losing 4-2 in the last sixteen stage of the competition. 

2006 World Cup in Germany
Lead by Sven Goren Eriksson, David Beckham and the rest of the squad wore a slim-fit black suit, designed by Italian fashion designed Giorgio Armani. 

The team badge appeared on the top pocket in the same colours as on the team’s football shirts. The only difference being the exception of the star signifying the World Cup win forty years previously. 

The playing staff wore a light blue tie, different from the back sported by Sven. 

The designer suits didn’t bring the side much luck on the pitch as Sven’s boys lost on penalties to Portugal in the quarter finals. 

2002 World Cup in Japan and Korea
High-street store Burton provided the attire for the England squad in Japan and Korea. 

The two-button jackets, worn with large collared shirts and dark tie, featured straight pockets and the traditional England crest on the left hand side. 

The navy blue, silk-lined suits were worn by David Beckham, Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen. A free football was given to fans who bought the outfit.  

Despite taking the lead through Owen, England’s tournament ended after a 2-1 defeat to Brazil in the quarter finals. 

1998 World Cup in France
Having qualified with a hard-fought 0-0 draw against Italy, Glenn Hoddle lead his lions to France, where the squad were kitted out in suits, designed by Paul Smith. 

The beige-coloured outfits were a loose-fit and worn with long blue ties, off-set on a dark blue shirt. The jackets didn’t have the national emblem on the jacket pocket, unlike more recent World Cup tournaments. 

The players were given black shoes and socks to complete the look. 

Hoddle‘s team looked just as stylish on the pitch before David Beckham’s red card changed the game against opponents Argentina and the team were knocked out in the second round. 

1990 World Cup in Italy
The England team departed from Luton dressed in a light-grey button-downed suit, complete with the three badge. 

The trousers, worn by Paul Gascoigne, Gary Lineker and John Barnes, were baggy and the jackets were long. 
Bobby Robson’s men were on the brink of England’s first World Cup final since ’66, when he led them to the Semi-finals against Germany. 

1986 World Cup in Mexico
Dark jackets and light trousers was the look in the late eighties, when worn by the England team headed to Mexico. 

It’s the last time the FA has issued different coloured jackets and trousers for the major tournament. The smart blazers were worn over a plain white shirt with a dark, striped tie. 

The suits, and pretty much everything else in the tournament, were quickly forgotten when Diego Maradona scored the infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal – knocking England out in the quarter finals. 

1982 World Cup Spain
Ron Greenwood’s England qualified for a World Cup for the first time in twelve years. Amazingly, they remained unbeaten throughout the tournament but still failed to get out of the second group phase. 

1970 World Cup Mexico
The England team touched down in Mexico in light-grey suits ahead of the 1970 tournament.  

The blazers had three buttons down the front and were worn over a plain white shirt with a dark patterned tie.  

Sir Geoff Hurst and Bobby Charlton were part of the squad which were knocked out 3-2 by West Germany. 

1966 World Cup England
England wore a charcoal-black suit ahead of their one and only World Cup victory. 

The suits were designed by Burton and featured a small three lions badge attached to the left side pocket. 

The shirts worn were plain white, with large cuffs complete with cufflinks, matched with a navy tie – in a tight knot. Handkerchiefs were optional, with some players choosing to carry one in their top pocket. 

1962 World Cup Chile
England wore a grey suit with a plain white shirt and dark tie for their fourth World Cup appearance.  

The team made it to the quarter finals before being knocked out by Brazil 3-1 in a game watched by just 17,736 people in the stadium. 

Brazil would go on to win the tournament. 

1958 World Cup Sweden
Not a single victory in the tournament meant England failed to make it out of their group, which consisted of Brazil, Soviet Union and Austria. 

1954 World Cup Switzerland  
England were knocked out of the tournament in the quarter finals, losing 4-2 to Uruguay. 

1950 World Cup Brazil
The national side looked smart for their first ever world cup appearance with specially tailored suits.  

The jackets were a darker shade than the light grey trousers and included the England crest in white. Players worn their own ties but all wore white coloured shirts. 

Alf Ramsey’s men failed to make it past the first round of the tournament after coming second in their group.