With the Women’s world cup in full swing and England’s lioness in the hunt for a second successive semi-final appearance this comes on the back of the England Lions performance getting to the Semi-final’s in Russia in 2018. Before that you had to go back twenty eight years for an England Semi-final appearance in the men’s competition with the glorious summer of 1990 as the World Cup came to one of its most passionate supporting countries Italy. It was quite the year and quite a Football Kit that the team had and if you are looking for similar Discount Football Kits then www.kitking.co.uk is one of the choices that are available.
After being knocked out of the Mexico 86 tournament by Maradonna’s Hand and scintillating second goal the England squad came to the tournament with experience in the shape of Lineker, Shilton and Waddle and Pearce but there was also some bright new young things in the squad such as Paul Gascoigne, Paul Parker and David Platt. A lot of hope was centred on Liverpool’s talented and prolific striker John Barnes, would this be the World Cup where he would finally shine? This was completely confirmed in the lyrics of the team’s official anthem “World in Motion” by New Order which featured Barnes rapping, not unpleasantly or poorly, that he was “the Master plan”. It was also the first time the official song mercifully reduced the amount of participation the squad had in singing along restricting them to the simple “We’re singing for England. ENG GER LUND! We’re singing this song. We’re singing for England. ENG GER LUND! Arriva durchi (sic) it’s one on one”.
So, armed with a great tune and a squad ready to prove itself a lacklustre draw in Tunisia with Steve Bull scoring in the 89 to equalise did not inspire confidence and a tight 1-1 draw with Ireland and an even duller 0-0 with Netherlands (then the European Champions meant a result against Egypt was a must. A single powerful header by defender Mark Wright saw them through and top of the group. The second round was a draw against the unfancied Belgium side who, apart from star Jan Culmans were not thought anything special. They proceeded to take England apart for Ninety minutes and only the heroics of Shilton and the goalpost saving them. A protracted extara time saw David Platt steal it with a beautiful turn and half volley.
This led to Cameroon in the quarters. Again it went to Extra time with 3 penalties being featured, Lineker keeping cool and netting his. Then it was West Germany in the semis. A goal from Brehme spooning of a desperate Paul Parker opened the scoring before a brilliant piece of skill and finishing saw Lineker equalise twenty minutes later. Extra time brought no goals and the German’s won on penalties. It was the best performance the England team had done the entire tournament.