Adams was frequently involved in tabloid newspaper scandals. He was reportedly often involved in fights in night clubs and was fined for driving in a drunken state several times. Adams admitted that he had struggled against the disastrous impact of alcohol throughout his career, and after treatment and retirement, he attempted to reinvent his public persona, by revealing a more sensitive side to his character.
He released his autobiography, Addicted, in September, 1999.
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Adams made his international debut against Spain in 1987 at the age of 20. After 65 more appearances ( 13 times as a skipper) and 5 goals, he decided to quit international football to lengthen his Arsenal career. His last game for England was on October 7, 2000, when Germany beat England 0-1 in London. But later retired from professional football in 2002.
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