ENGLAND NATIONAL TEAM


Euro 92


Match Worn Shirt


Merson Paul

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Merson first played for the England national team in 1991, being called up by Graham Taylor. He made his debut for the full England side, in a friendly against Germany on 11 September 1991. He participated in the 1992 European Championships in Sweden. He played in the opening 0–0 draw with Denmark. England went out after another 0–0 draw against the French and a 2–1 loss to hosts Sweden. Merson also played a part in the failed campaign to qualify for the 1994 FIFA World Cup. He played in the opening game, a 1–1 home draw with Norway. He next played against the Netherlands as a substitute for Paul Gascoigne who was injured. England were leading 2–1, but crucially conceded a late penalty for a 2–2 draw. Merson also played in the 1993 US Cup against Brazil and Germany, nearly scoring in a 2–1 defeat to the later, Bodo Illgner saving from a 20-yard shot. He returned for the critical and controversial 2–0 defeat against the Dutch in Rotterdam. Merson nearly equalised the opening Dutch goal, and hit the post with a free-kick. England failed to qualify for the World Cup. Taylor’s successor, Terry Venables, told Merson that he would not get into the team owing to his life style of heavy drinking. In his book, How Not to be a Professional Footballer, Merson refers to an incident in Chicago while on duty with England during the US Cup. After drinking he wandered off into the city on his own. Merson ended up in a dangerous area and was involved in trying to break up a fight while very drunk himself. When the combatants turned on Merson, he fled back to the hotel. The next morning the FBI came to the hotel and briefed the players on the dangers in the city. They expressed surprise that Merson was not injured in the incident. Merson held the distinction of being the only player in England’s 1998 FIFA World Cup squad not to play for a top flight club. In that tournament, he played in England’s famous second round match against Argentina, scoring in the penalty shootout, although England eventually lost. 1998 marked the end of Merson’s international career after 21 full caps in seven years, in which he scored three times.

ENGLAND NATIONAL TEAM


1996-1997


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Seaman David

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Seaman made his England debut in 1988 and appeared for the side in fifteen consecutive years, a national record, since equalled by Rio Ferdinand. He earned his first England cap under Bobby Robson in a friendly against Saudi Arabia in November 1988. Robson selected him as England’s third-choice goalkeeper behind Peter Shilton and Chris Woods at the 1990 FIFA World Cup, but after arriving in Italy he had to pull out of the squad due to injury and was replaced by Dave Beasant. Seaman remained a member of the England squad under new manager Graham Taylor but only cemented his place as undisputed number one with the arrival of Terry Venables and played every minute of every match during Euro 96. Seaman saved two spot-kicks in the tournament; the first a penalty in normal play from Scotland’s Gary McAllister in a group match, while England were 1–0 up (Paul Gascoigne scored soon after to make it 2–0). Then, after England’s quarter-final against Spain ended scoreless, Seaman saved Miguel Angel Nadal’s kick in the shootout to knock Spain out of the tournament. England eventually were eliminated in the semi-finals of the competition; Seaman was named alongside Golden Boot winner Alan Shearer and winger Steve McManaman in the UEFA “Team of the Tournament”. Euro 96 sponsor Philips named him “Player of the Tournament”. Seaman remained first choice under the management of Glenn Hoddle for the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France. England went out on penalties, losing against Argentina. Kevin Keegan selected him for Euro 2000, where he started against both Portugal and Germany but sustained an injury in his warm-up exercises for the third game against Romania and was replaced by Nigel Martyn. England lost the match and went out in the first round. Seaman was part of Sven-Göran Eriksson’s 2002 FIFA World Cup squad, and played every game as England reached the quarter-finals, turning back a second half offensive to shut out arch-rivals Argentina 1–0 in the group stage after English captain David Beckham scored the penalty spot kick. However, in England’s quarter-final against Brazil Seaman was caught off his line by Ronaldinho’s long-range free kick, as England lost 2–1; he blamed himself for the error. The result led to a debate about whether Seaman should remain England’s number one. He remained England’s first choice goalkeeper until a Euro 2004 qualifier in October 2002 against Macedonia. In this match, he let in a goal directly from a corner kick by Artim Sakiri in a 2–2 draw and brought further press criticism. This was Seaman’s last appearance for the England national team, as Eriksson dropped him in favour of David James.

ENGLAND NATIONAL TEAM


1999-2000


Match Worn & Unwashed Shirt


Shearer Alan

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Shearer’s international career began in 1990 when he was handed a callup to the England under-21 squad under Dave Sexton. During his time with the squad, he scored 13 times in 11 games; a record return which is still unbeaten. The striker’s goals at this level, coupled with his club form, meant he was soon promoted to the senior squad by coach Graham Taylor. Marking his debut in the 2–0 win against France in February 1992 with a goal, he made his only appearance for the England B team a month later. Due to replace Gary Lineker, who retired from international action after UEFA Euro 1992, in the England attack, Shearer played only intermittently in the qualifying campaign for the 1994 FIFA World Cup due to injury and the team failed to reach the competition finals. UEFA Euro 1996 was a more positive experience for both Shearer and England. With England not required to qualify as hosts, Shearer had not scored in 12 games in the 21 months prior, and even his overall goalscoring record for England did not look too impressive so far; five goals in 23 games. However, he found the net in the 22nd minute of the first game, against Switzerland. Scoring once in the following game against Scotland and twice in a 4–1 win over the Netherlands, Shearer helped England to progress to the next stage in front of their own fans in Wembley. In the quarter-finals, England were outplayed by Spain but got through to a penalty shootout after a goalless draw. Shearer scored the first England penalty, while the Spaniards failed to score from two of theirs, sending England into the semi-final against Germany. Shearer headed England into the lead after three minutes, but the Germans quickly equalised and the match went to penalties again. This time, Germany won from the spot; although Shearer scored, his teammate Gareth Southgate missed his kick and England were eliminated. Shearer’s five goals made him the competition’s top scorer, and together with teammates David Seaman and Steve McManaman, was listed in the official UEFA team of the tournament. The new England manager Glenn Hoddle appointed Shearer captain for the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Moldova on 1 September 1996, and the player held onto the captaincy after scoring once in that match and twice in the following game against Poland. He scored a total of five goals in England’s successful qualification campaign for the World Cup; adding strikes against Georgia and away to Poland to his tally. Shearer was sidelined for much of the 1997–98 season, but recovered to play in the World Cup finals. With Michael Owen replacing Teddy Sheringham as Shearer’s strike partner, Shearer’s return saw him score England’s first goal of the tournament, in a 2–0 win over Tunisia, his only goal in the three group matches. England faced long-time rivals Argentina in the second round. Shearer scored a first-half equaliser from the penalty-spot before David Beckham was sent off early in the second half. In the final minutes of the game Sol Campbell headed in what could have been the winning goal only for the referee to disallow it due to Shearer having elbowed goalkeeper Carlos Roa. The scores tied 2–2, the game went to penalties. Shearer scored again, but England were eliminated after David Batty’s shot was saved by the Argentina goalkeeper. This defeat ended England’s participation in what was to be Shearer’s only World Cup tournament. In September 1999, Shearer scored his only England hat-trick in a UEFA Euro 2000 qualifier against Luxembourg. This helped England reach a play-off against Scotland; England won the game over two legs and in doing so qualified for the European Championships. By now, Shearer was approaching his 30th birthday, and he announced that he intended to retire from international football after the Euro 2000 tournament. Shearer did not score in England’s opening 3–2 defeat against Portugal, but did so as England defeated Germany 1–0 in Charleroi, ensuring that England beat their European neighbours for the first time since the 1966 World Cup Final. To remain in the tournament, England only required a draw against Romania in the final group match, and Shearer scored a penalty as England went in at half-time 2–1 up, but Romania ultimately won 3–2. England’s tournament was over, and so was Shearer’s international career. From his 63 caps, he captained the team 34 times and scored thirty goals;[75] joint-fifth in the England all-time goalscorers list with Nat Lofthouse and Tom Finney. Shearer remained in international retirement despite speculation of a return during the 2002 World Cup and 2004 European Championship campaigns, and further declined an offer to be assistant manager to Steve McClaren after the 2006 World Cup – a position ultimately filled by Terry Venables.

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This shirt was worn by Alan Shearer during the Euro 2000 Qualifying game against Scotland which took place at Wembley Stadium in London on November 17th 1999 or against Luxembourg at Wembley Stadium on September 4th 1999. We are not sure about the game because the shirt comes from a private collection of a former U21 Italy team’s manager who went to watch both games in order to watch some players and he got after the game the Shearer’s shirt still wet and smelly for his son who was a big Alan’s fan. Unfortunately he doesn’t remember well the game but he never washed the shirt and we obviously hope it was worn against Luxembourg since Shearer scored an hat-trick. One curiosity about the shirt is that even if it is the same style of the Euro 2000 shirts it has some slight differences from the final shirt used in the following years. Aside from the inside tags that are different, in this shirt there is no the bottom blue side “flag” tag as there is regular Euro 2000 shirts. We don’t know if we have to consider it as a prototype non definitive shirt or if Umbro added some details later on. 

ENGLAND NATIONAL TEAM


Euro 2000


Match Worn Shirt


Beckham David

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David Beckham became the target of criticism and abuse after the World Cup 1998, including the hanging of an effigy outside a London pub, and the Daily Mirror printing a dartboard with a picture of him centered on the bullseye. Beckham also received death threats after the World Cup. The abuse that Beckham was receiving from English supporters peaked during England’s 3–2 defeat by Portugal in Euro 2000, a match where Beckham set up two goals, when a group of England supporters taunted him throughout the match. Beckham responded by raising his middle finger and, while the gesture attracted some criticism, many of the newspapers that had previously encouraged his vilification asked their readers to stop abusing him.

ENGLAND NATIONAL TEAM


Euro 2000


Match Worn Shirt


Gerrard Steven 

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Gerrard made his international debut against Ukraine on 31 May 2000. That summer, he was called up for Euro 2000, making only one appearance as a substitute in a 1–0 win over Germany before England were eliminated in the group stage. Gerrard scored his first international goal in the famous 5–1 victory over Germany in a 2002 World Cup qualifier in September 2001, and while England qualified, Gerrard was forced to pull out of the squad due to his ongoing groin problems after pulling up in Liverpool’s final match of the season against Ipswich.

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Heskey plays as a forward, being a powerful targetman gifted with pace and physical strength; he is also a hard working player. His play has been likened to “a blunt instrument with which to bludgeon defences”. His main contributions to the team lie in the way he holds the ball up and draws defenders out, leaving space behind him for another player to score. He has been credited as being an unselfish player who allows other forwards to benefit. He is not a prolific goalscorer but is able to provide a significant number of assists as a second striker. He has been quoted as saying “Forwards are judged on their goalscoring. But I like to think I bring a lot more to the game and I do get pleasure from assisting”. He impressed the England staff with his versatility, as he can also play down the left wing. However, he has been criticised by the media for his lack of goals; lapses in his goalscoring have been described as being “hardly uncommon”. In 2008 it was stated that “It is only the perception of his talents that changes” after Heskey stated he was no better or worse than before.

ENGLAND NATIONAL TEAM


2000-2001


England vs Greece


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Heskey Emile

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England played the final qualifying game against Greece on 6 October 2001. England needed to win or draw the match to qualify outright for the World Cup, but were losing 2–1 with little time remaining. When Teddy Sheringham was fouled eight yards outside the Greek penalty area, England were awarded a free-kick and Beckham ensured England’s qualification with a curling strike of the kind that had become his trademark. Beckham was voted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year for 2001, and finished runner-up, to Luís Figo of Portugal, for the FIFA World Player of the Year award.

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This style of shirt was the first England’s shirt with match details on it. Since then all of the England’s shirts have date and match details on.

ENGLAND NATIONAL TEAM


Fifa World Cup “KOREA & JAPAN 2002”


England vs Nigeria


Match Worn & Signed Shirt


Owen Michael

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Owen was capped 89 times for England and scored 40 goals. He is fifth in the list of all-time top scorers for the England team, behind Wayne Rooney (53), Bobby Charlton (49), Gary Lineker (48) and Jimmy Greaves (44). He is also England’s second-highest goalscorer in competitive international matches, behind Rooney. His 89 caps also place him as England’s eleventh most capped player. Owen played for England at the 1998, 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups and the 2000 and 2004 UEFA European Championships. He scored goals in all but one of these tournaments, making him the only player ever to have scored in four major tournaments for England. He is one of only eleven England players to have appeared in three World Cups.

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Beckham played against Sweden, during the Fifa World Cup 2002, his 50th Cap with England National Team. To celebrate this event a special shirt was worn by the player with “50th Cap”on the bottom of the shirt. This shirt was given after the match to a Sweden Team’s member and that’s where it comes from.

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Beckham played a major role in helping England qualify for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, starring in an impressive 5–1 victory over Germany in Munich. The final step in Beckham’s conversion from villain to national hero happened in England’s final qualifying game against Greece on 6 October 2001. England needed to win or draw the match to qualify outright for the World Cup, but were losing 2–1 with little time remaining. When Teddy Sheringham was fouled eight yards outside the Greek penalty area, England were awarded a free-kick and Beckham ensured England’s qualification with a curling strike of the kind that had become his trademark. Beckham was voted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year for 2001, and finished runner-up, to Luís Figo of Portugal, for the FIFA World Player of the Year award. Beckham was partially fit by the time of the 2002 World Cup held in Japan and South Korea, and played in the first match against Sweden. After the events of four years earlier, Beckham achieved a degree of revenge over Argentina by scoring the winning goal with a penalty, causing Argentina to fail to qualify for the knockout stage. England defeated Denmark in the second round with Beckham providing an assist in a 3–0 win. England were knocked out in the quarter-finals by eventual winners Brazil after Ronaldinho scored the winner.

ENGLAND NATIONAL TEAM


Fifa World Cup “KOREA & JAPAN 2002”


England vs Sweden


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Beckham David

ENGLAND NATIONAL TEAM


Euro 2002 – U21


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Pennant Jermaine

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While on the England under-21 team, Pennant was sent home by head coach David Platt for breaking a curfew before an important match against Turkey. He later apologized for his actions. He also was sent-off for punching Niko Kranjčar in a match against the Croatia under-21s. However, he did manage to make 24 appearances for the U21s in total, making him one of the ten most-capped Englishmen at this level. Despite being of Jamaican and Irish descent, he has so far opted to represent England internationally; although he has played at under-21 level, he has not played for the senior team. In March 2011, Pennant revealed that though he would still “love to play for England”, he had made the Football Association of Ireland aware he was interested in representing the Republic of Ireland, saying, “If I’ve got a chance to play international football with Ireland, I’m going to take it with both hands.”

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