Tony Adams love split!; DRUG PROBLEM WIFE JANE WALKS OUT.
The Arsenal hero is now living alone at the family's luxury home after pretty Jane Adams left with their three children for a secret hideaway.
Friends say the couple's four-year-old marriage has been under immense strain since Jane was treated at a top London drug clinic four months ago.
Her stay at pounds 350-a-week Hope House was the 32-year-old former barmaid's latest attempt to "go clean". Previously, she had undergone a number of detoxification treatments.
Tony, 29, then vowed to stand by Jane as she tried to kick her drug habit but mounting pressures over the summer months - including his starring role in England's Euro 96 campaign - became too much.
A family friend said: "Tony is terribly upset and confused. He is at a very low ebb.
"He has always been devoted to Jane and the kids but it would appear something just had to give.
"Now Tony is fighting a serious injury which is keeping him out of football. To cap it all, he is no longer England captain."
The split is the latest in a series of heartaches for the couple. In 1991, while they were planning their wedding, Highbury captain Adams was jailed for drink-driving.
Three years ago he plunged down a flight of stairs and split his head after a drinking binge.
Now Alan Shearer has been named skipper for today's England World Cup qualifier against Moldova.
Yesterday, a tired-looking Adams was alone at the couple's pounds 500,000 home in Hornchurch, Essex.
Asked about the split, he replied: "It's none of your business."
Friends say that, despite the separation, Adams has been working hard to help his wife.
And a source revealed that a feature of the couple's relationship was their passion: "Tony and Jane always had a fabulous sex life.
"Both would openly talk about making love several times a week and Jane used to tell everyone what a wonderful physique and stamina Tony has."
The couple have two children, Amber, 18 months, and five-year-old Oliver. Adams also adopted Jane's daughter from a previous relationship, 12-year-old Clare.
During his career, he has enjoyed great highs - winning two League Championships, two League Cups, an FA Cup and the European Cup Winners' Cup.
Last night, another friend said: "Tony and Jane both need some space to sort out their problems."