England players presented with caps to mark place in team's history

England’s Euro 2020 squad presented with Legacy Caps to mark their place in history of the Three Lions since 1872 with player No 1071 Gareth Southgate telling his team to ‘make the most of their moment’ ahead of tournament opener against Croatia

  • England’s squad presented with special red velvet caps with a unique number
  • Each player in England history has been assigned their own legacy number
  • List dates back to the first international the team players back in 1872
  • There are now 1,262 players, with goalkeeper Sam Johnstone being the latest
  • Gareth Southgate helped present the caps to the team at St George’s Park 
  • He urged them to seize their moment in history at upcoming Euro 2020 
  • Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here.

England’s Euro 2020 squad have received special red ‘Legacy Caps’ to mark their unique place in the history of the national team.

Each of the 26 players was presented with a numbered cap to mark their position in the long list of footballers to have represented the Three Lions since their first international in 1872.

Robert Barker, the England goalkeeper in that inaugural match against Scotland, was designated No 1 and the latest recipient is another goalkeeper, Sam Johnstone, at No 1262.

Jude Bellingham (left) and Jordan Henderson (right) pose with their red velvet ‘Legacy Caps’ at St George’s Park to mark their unique place in the history of the England team

Chelsea’s Mason Mount (No 1243) poses with his red cap after Wednesday’s presentation

Among those England rookies receiving their caps were Jude Bellingham (1258), who posed for a photograph with fellow midfielder Jordan Henderson, Bukayo Saka (1253), Jack Grealish (1251), Phil Foden (1247) and Mason Mount (1243).

The Football Association decided to adopt the tradition of legacy numbers after the England team played their 1,000th match against Montenegro in November 2019.

As well as the souvenir caps, which feature an embroidered Three Lions crest and unique number, the players now wear the digits inside the collar of every matchday shirt.

And from now forwards, all senior debutants for England will receive their own red velvet cap.

The velvet caps feature an embroidered Three Lions crest and the number for each player

Chelsea defender Ben Chilwell (No 1235) shows off his red cap ahead of Euro 2020

Reece James holds up cap No 1255 in pictures of the presentation shared by Chelsea

This was launched on Wednesday just after the squad reported to their Euro 2020 base at St George’s Park in Staffordshire, with manager Gareth Southgate (No 1071) helping to distribute them.

Southgate said: ‘We wanted to take a moment to recognise the achievement of all of the players and the staff to be involved going into a major tournament.

‘Sometimes we’re working so quickly with training and what’s next, you don’t pause and reflect on how special it is. Very few people have the opportunity to play for England, very few have the opportunity to go to a major tournament.

Bellingham is among a cohort of exciting young England players looking to make an impact

Mason Mount smiles after receiving his souvenir cap alongside his England Euro team-mates

‘This is an opportunity for these players we should make the most of and cherish but also reflect that we are part of England’s history. 

‘There is a a longer history than us and we should have the humility to recognise where we are on that journey but also make the most of our moment and leave the team in a better place.

‘Every player will feel very special about having that opportunity to take that moment and in the group there were some emotional moments.’

England open their Euro 2020 campaign against Croatia at Wembley on Sunday afternoon.




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