Adams quits England scene


Former England captain Tony Adams has announced his retirement from international football the Observer newspaper reported today.

The 34-year-old defender, who has been plagued by injury in recent years, wants to concentrate on his career with Arsenal.

"I have taken the decision to listen to my body. Something has to give and it has to be the internationals," Adams said.

"I want to give the benefit of the time I have left in the game to Arsenal. I can't keep being cruel to them by playing for England then missing club games.

"It's not fair on them because they have been very good to me.

"Even though neither (manager) Arsene Wenger nor anyone at Arsenal has said anything to me, I feel obligated towards them. I owe them some games".

Adams won the first of his 66 England caps against Spain in 1987 and scored five goals during his international career.

He last captained England against Germany in October in the final international to be played at Wembley. - Reuters