England’s kits of the 00’s and the memories that made them

Shirts: October 6, 2021

Twenty years ago today commentator Gary Bloom set the scene perfectly for one of the most evocative moments in the history of the England national team. With moments to go David Beckham placed the ball down 30 yards from Antonios Nikopolidis’ goal. 

“We’ve played two-and-a-half minutes of stoppage time. England trail by two goals to one. Beckham could raise the roof here with a goal.”

 

 


“I don't believe it. David Beckham scores the goal to take England all the way to the World Cup finals. Give that man a knighthood”


 

Absolutely iconic. 

Just a few seconds of Gary Bloom’s commentary is enough to transport you right back there. The goal, along with a certain 5-1 hammering of Germany a month earlier, also served to make England’s 2001 home shirt one of the most memorable the side have donned this century.

Because how much we like a shirt can often have as much, if not more, to do with the success our respective teams experienced while wearing it. So with that in mind we’ve gone back over the decade that Beckham kicked off so spectacularly to have a retrospective look at the shirts England wore throughout the 2000’s, ranking their designs from our favourite to least favourite and highlighting the very best and worst moment England experienced during each shirt cycle. 

For anyone who experienced the aggressively  underwhelming England team of the 00’s it will inevitably bring back some pretty rough memories, but where there is darkness there is light and where there is crap football there’s always the occasional 40 yard Joe Cole thunder bastard.

 

#6

2007-09

 

Best moment - N/A 

Worst moment – Failing to qualify for Euro 2008 vs Croatia

 

 


Shop England – 2007-09 shirts here.


 

#5

1999-01

 

Best moment - Erm, suppose it’s Kevin Keegan resigning in the Wembley toilets.

Worst moment – Phil Neville late foul sends England out of Euro 2000

 

 


Shop England – 1999-01 shirts here.


 

#4

2005-07

 

Best moment - Joe Cole’s volley vs Sweden.

Worst moment – Rooney’s stamp and Ronaldo’s wink.

 

 


Shop England – 2005-07 shirts here.


 

#3

2003-05

 

Best moment - Rooney tearing it up at Euro 2004

Worst moment – Euro Quarter Final heartbreak vs Portugal

 

 


Shop England – 2005-07 shirts here.


 

#2

2001-03

 

Best moment - Beckham sends England to the World Cup Finals

Worst moment – Ronaldinho lobbing Seaman from 40 yards

 

 


Shop England – 2001-03 shirts here.


 

#1

2009-11

 

Best moment - John Terry’s heroic salmon dive defending

Worst moment – Lampard's ghost goal vs Germany

 

 


Shop England – 2009-11 shirts here.


 

Words by Andy Gallagher

 

 

 

 

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