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Tony Adams was born in 1966 in Romford, Essex. He signed for Arsenal as a schoolboy in 1980. At just 17 years and 28 days, he made his Arsenal debut, the second-youngest player ever. His full England debut came in 1987, when he also became club captain. He has won three League Championship medals, an FA Cup and European Cup-Winner’s Cup medal, captained his country, and was three times Arsenal Player of the Year.

Ian Ridley is football correspondent of the Observer, having previously written for the Independent on Sunday. He is the author of Cantona: The Red and the Black and Tales from the Boot Camps with Steve Claridge.