The vanguard of the ‘Tailored by Umbro’ range was the primary kit that England would wear at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. It was released in March 2009 and this shirt was worn in a November 2009 friendly with Brazil played in Doha, Qatar. The first batch of shirts were genuinely tailored, and this shirt worn by substitute Peter Crouch has a size tag with ‘PC’ on it, as the arms are much longer than standard to fit the beanpole striker’s arms.
The numbers are dual layered, with the bottom layer ‘floating’ in between the shirt and the outline top layer that kept it in place. The year of game embroidery is blue, denoting a game played outside of England (those played at home have the year picked out in red), later shirts had the game detail heat applied rather than embroidered to save time and money. Brazil won the game 1-0, with Crouch playing the last 8 minutes, the unwashed shirt has sweat marks inside the collar as well as a grass stain on one shoulder.