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Last Updated: Thursday, 5 July 2007, 12:19 GMT 13:19 UK
Sutton career photos

Chris Sutton in action for Norwich against Chelsea

Chris Sutton begins his career at Norwich as a defender in 1991 but is switched to striker by manager Dave Stringer

Chris Sutton celebrates victory over Bayern Munich

Norwich subsequently finish third in the Premiership to qualify for the Uefa Cup where they famously beat Bayern Munich

Chris Sutton in action for Blackburn

Sutton scores 43 goals in three seasons tempting Blackburn to fork out a British transfer fee record 5m to snap him up

Alan Shearer (l) and Chris Sutton with the Premiership trophy

Sutton forms a dynamic partnership with Alan Shearer as Rovers win the Premiership in 1995 - their first title since 1914

Chris Sutton failed to score in the 1995-96 season

An injury-plagued season follows and although Sutton re-finds his form, Rovers are relegated four years after their title win

Chris Sutton (left) with Chelsea manager Gianluca Vialli

Chelsea step in and secure Sutton's services for 10m in the summer of 1999 but he struggles at Stamford Bridge

Chris Sutton celebrates during the 5-0 win over Manchester United

Sutton scores just one league goal, in the 5-0 demolition of Manchester United, in 28 appearances for the Blues

Chris Sutton (left) at an England training camp with Graeme Le Saux (centre) and Dennis Wise in October 1999

His England aspirations also suffer and his only cap remains his 1997 substitute appearance in the 2-0 win over Cameroon

Chris Sutton playing for Celtic in 2000

He moves to Celtic in 2000 for 6m and is an immediate hit after scoring a debut winner against Dundee United

Chris Sutton (centre) celebrates scoring for Celtic against Rangers

And he cements his place in the hearts of Celtic fans with a brace in his first Old Firm match, a 6-2 thrashing of Rangers

Chris Sutton (l) and Henrik Larsson

Sutton forms another prolific partnership, this time with Henrik Larsson and is named SPFA Player of the Year in 2003-04

Chris Sutton scores against Dundee in February 2004

His 86 goals in five-and-a-half seasons helps win three SPL titles, two Scottish Cups and two Scottish League Cups

Chris Sutton in action for Birmingham

Sutton joins Birmingham on a free transfer in January 2006, but injuries restrict him to just 11 appearances and one goal

Chris Sutton (right) is congratulated after scoring his only goal for Aston Villa in the 1-0 win over Everton

City are relegated and Sutton re-joins his former Celtic boss, Martin O'Neill, at Aston Villa for the 2006-07 season

Chris Sutton (left) battles for the ball with Manchester United's Paul Scholes - the game would be Sutton's last

But his season is curtailed by blurred vision in December and he announces his retirement from the game on 5 July, 2007

Eye injury forces Sutton to quit
05 Jul 07 |  Football


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