Tony Adams factfile

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1966: Born Romford, Essex, October 10.

1983: Makes Arsenal debut aged 17.

1984: Signed as full professional by Arsenal in January after completing apprenticeship.

1985: Makes first of five appearances for England Under-21s (had previously played at schools and youth level).

1987: Wins first of 66 England caps (13 as captain) in 4-2 victory over Spain in Madrid in February. Member of Arsenal's Littlewoods Cup-winning side as Liverpool are beaten 2-1 in final at Wembley.

1988: Becomes youngest-ever Arsenal captain.

1989: Leads Arsenal to their first league title for 18 years.

1990: Not selected for England's World Cup final bid in Italy, which ends with semi-final defeat to Germany in Turin. Jailed for four months after admitting drink-driving offences in December. Serves two months of sentence.

1991: After coming out of jail, returns to Arsenal side which wins championship for second time in three seasons.

1993: Helps Arsenal lift Coca-Cola Cup and FA Cup with Wembley wins over Sheffield Wednesday in both competitions. Back in England side for first time since jail sentence as England slump 2-0 to Norway in a World Cup qualifier in Oslo in June.

1994: Member of Arsenal side which lifts European Cup Winners' Cup, beating Parma 1-0 in final in Copenhagen.

1995: European misery as Arsenal slump 2-1 to Real Zaragoza in Cup Winners' Cup final in Paris.

1996: Overcomes knee injury to figure in all five of England's Euro 96 matches in a campaign which again ends in a semi-final defeat on penalties to Germany. Reports that Adams is seeking a divorce after his wife Jane is treated for drug addiction are followed by his own admission of alcoholism.

1997: Helps England draw 0-0 with Italy in Rome's Olympic Stadium to qualify for France 98.

1998: Helps lead Arsenal to the league and FA Cup double.

Wins his 50th cap for England but suffers huge disappointment when Glenn Hoddle's men lose to Argentina on penalties and are knocked out of the World Cup.

1999: Part of the England team that qualifies for Euro 2000.

2000: Arsenal lose to Galatasaray in the UEFA Cup final.

Named as England captain following Alan Shearer's decision to retire from the international scene.

Skippers England against Germany in opening World Cup qualifier the last England international at Wembley before its redevelopment. England lose 1-0 and Keegan quits as coach after the game.

2001: Adams announces that he intends to quit international football in order to prolong his playing career.

2002: Plays just 13 league and cup games during the 2001/2002 season due to injury, but does play in the 2-0 FA Cup final victory over Chelsea as the Gunners complete the double.

In August, ends speculation over his future by revealing he is to take a break from football in order to take a three-year course in sports science.

Reveals he has had several offers to go into management but turned them down because of his "lack of preparation".

2003: January 15 - Denied the chance to take his first step into coaching as soccer consultant with Dr Marten's League side Weymouth after consortium he was linked with had their bid for the club rejected.

November 5 - Appointed manager of League One Wycombe.

2004: May - After just six league wins all season, Wycombe finish bottom and are relegated to League Two.

November 9 - Resigns as manager citing personal reasons.

2005: July - Takes up training coaching role with Feyenoord's youth side in Holland.

2006: January - Becomes trainee coach with Utrecht first team.

June 28 - Appointed assistant manager to Harry Redknapp at Portsmouth.

2008: October 25 - Becomes caretaker manager following Redknapp's departure for Tottenham.

October 28 - Confirmed as Portsmouth manager.