ENGLAND SQUAD 1998

Following on from the huge success of the previous England ranges, Corinthian released 'England Squad Series 3' in November 1997. There was a total of 24 figures released in this series, 12 of which were released as single blister packs, the other 12 as part of a 12 player box set. All the figures were painted into the home kit which the team would wear for the up coming World Cup in 1998.



The 12 which were in single blister were the 11 that Corinthian felt would be Englands's starting line up, along with manager Hoddle, so the 12 blisters are Seaman, Neville, Campbell, Adams, Le Saux, Ince, McManaman, Le Tissier, Beckham, Gascoigne, Shearer and Hoddle.



The other 12 were only available as part of the 12 figure team pack, those figures being Walker, Pallister, Adams, Pearce, Hinchcliffe, Anderton, Merson, Redknapp, Fowler, Ferdinand, Sheringham and Wright.



In addition to those 24 figures, Corinthian released a further 3 figures, one of which was Paul Scholes in the home kit, who was only available as a clear sachet, the reason for this is that he was part of a special promotion by supermarket Sainsburys. The Scholes figures was released in February 1998.



The other 2 figures were Alan Shearer and Paul Ince, both painted in the Red away kit and only being done as single blisters. Those 2 figures were made available exclusively in Sainsburys and were initially very hard to obtain. Both were released in April 1998. Both had collector cards produced, however at the bottom the collector code was not the usual E number, it was instead the 5 digit card reference number, Shearer having 54369 and Ince 54370, can only assume this was a mix up by the factory.



5 of the figures which made up this range had never been released in an England shirt before, they are - Beckham, Southgate, Campbell, Hinchcliffe, Merson and the manager Glenn Hoddle. Some were simple repaints of figures released in the Euro 96 kit and others were the new sculpts used for the FAPL Headliners range but painted into the England kit.



England took a squad of 22 to the World Cup in France, only 15 of the 25 figures released in this series actually made the squad, 9 of the figures Corinthian made were of players who did not end up going to the World Cup and that left 7 players in the squad who did not have a figure released. The 9 figures made of players who never went to that World Cup are - Gascoigne, Fowler, Hinchcliffe, Le Tissier, Pallister, Pearce, Redknapp, Walker and Wright. The 7 players who did make the squad, but whom had no figures released in this series are - Batty, Martyn, Lee, Keown, Owen, Flowers and Rio Ferdinand. Due to the selection process it was near impossible for Corinthian to guess which players would end up going to the World Cup, they got 15 right which i feel was good going.



Each figure came issued with a collector card and also a collectors information file.


The full line up of England Squad 1998 figures is:

  • E04 - Alan Shearer - England - Home - Blister
  • E05 - Ian Wright - England - Home - Team Pack
  • E06 - Teddy Sheringham - England - Home - Team Pack
  • E07 - Paul Ince - England - Home - Blister
  • E08 - Matthew Le Tissier - England - Home - Blister
  • E09 - Gary Pallister - England - Home - Team Pack
  • E10 - Tony Adams - England - Home - Team Pack
  • E11 - Les Ferdinand - England - Home - Team Pack
  • E12 - David Seaman - England - Home - Blister
  • E14 - Darren Anderton - England - Home - Team Pack
  • E16 - Stuart Pearce - England - Home - Team Pack
  • E23 - Ian Walker - England - Home - Team Pack
  • E29 - Graeme Le Saux - England - Home - Blister
  • E36 - Gary Neville - England - Home - Blister
  • E37 - Robbie Fowler - England - Home - Team Pack
  • E80 - David Beckham - England - Home - Blister
  • E81 - Glenn Hoddle - England - Suit - Blister
  • E82 - Paul Gascoigne - England - Home - Blister
  • E83 - Steve McManaman - England - Home - Blister
  • E84 - Gareth Southgate - England - Home - Blister
  • E85 - Sol Campbell - England - Home - Blister
  • E86 - Andy Hinchcliffe - England - Home - Team Pack
  • E87 - Jamie Redknapp - England - Home - Team Pack
  • E88 - Paul Merson - England - Home - Team Pack
  • E90 - Paul Scholes - England - Home - Redemption Sachet
  • E04 - Alan Shearer - England - Away - Blister
  • E07 - Paul Ince - England - Away - Blister

Alan Shearer

England

Home 1998

E04


Ian Wright

England

Home 1998

E05


Teddy Sheringham

England

Home 1998

E06


Paul Ince

England

Home 1998

E07


Matthew Le Tissier

England

Home 1998

E08


Gary Pallister

England

Home 1998

E09


Tony Adams

England

Home 1998

E10


Les Ferdinand

England

Home 1998

E11


David Seaman

England

Home 1998

E12


Darren Anderton

England

Home 1998

E14


Stuart Pearce

England

Home 1998

E16


Ian Walker

England

Home 1998

E23


Graeme Le Saux

England

Home 1998

E29


Gary Neville

England

Home 1998

E36


Robbie Fowler

England

Home 1998

E37


David Beckham

England

Home 1998

E80


Glenn Hoddle

England

Suit

E81


Paul Gascoigne

England

Home 1998

E82


Steve McManaman

England

Home 1998

E83


Gareth Southgate

England

Home 1998

E84


Sol Campbell

England

Home 1998

E85


Andy Hinchcliffe

England

Home 1998

E86


Jamie Redknapp

England

Home 1998

E87


Paul Merson

England

Home 1998

E88


Paul Scholes

England

Home 1998

E90

Redemption Figure


Alan Shearer

England

Away 1998

E04

Sainsbury's Exclusive


Paul Ince

England

Away 1998

E07

Sainsbury's Exclusive


England Squad 1998

12 Figure Team Pack