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Sunday, 9 July, 2000, 11:18 GMT
Sutton - the facts
Chris Sutton
Chris Sutton's rollercoaster ride is set to continue
Chris Sutton is still only 27 and is set to join his fourth club in a highly controversial career, which has included a sporadic scoring record and a refusal to play for his country.

With an imminent move to Celtic, BBC Sport Online gives you the key highlights of Sutton's footballing life so far.

1973: Born Christopher Roy Sutton, March 10, Nottingham. Son of former Norwich player Mike Sutton.

1989: July - joins Norwich as trainee, starting his career as a defender.

1990: May - makes debut for Norwich as a substitute against QPR.

1992: September - makes first appearance, as a substitute, for England Under-21s against Spain in Santander.


  Chris Sutton's history
Celtic will be his fourth club
Began career as a defender
Scored 43 goals in 127 games for Norwich City
Career strike rate of 105 goals in 327 games
Total transfer fees paid for Sutton is 21m if he moves to Celtic

1993: June - part of winning England team in Toulon Under-21 tournament.

1994: March - captains England U-21s against Denmark at Brentford.

Tottenham's bid of 4m turned down by Norwich.

England B debut against Northern Ireland at Hillsborough.

July - joins Blackburn in then British record fee of 5m.

1995: Helps Blackburn to Premiership title in successful 'SAS' partnership with Alan Shearer.

1997: April - refuses to apologise after breaking code of sportsmanship following incident against Arsenal. Blackburn score when Sutton forces corner after Arsenal expect to have ball returned from a throw.

November - makes full England debut as substitute against Cameroon.


Chris Sutton
Rare England cap for Sutton

1998: February - refuses to play for England B against Chile, effectively ending his chances of making the World Cup squad.

May - finishes joint top Premiership scorer with Dion Dublin and Michael Owen.

October - sent off against Arsenal for challenge on Patrick Vieira. Later claims he had his nose broken by the French midfielder's elbow. Blackburn fend off interest from Aston Villa.

1999: March - Kevin Keegan recalls Sutton to the England squad for the Euro 2000 qualifier with Poland. Does not feature and misses the last six games of Blackburn's relegation season with a groin injury. Put on the transfer list at his own request.

June - Sutton's agent Vince O'Keefe denies rumours on the internet about the striker being a heavy drinker.

July - joins Chelsea for 10m on a six-year contract.

39 appearances for the Blues in all competitions reaps just three goals.

2000: July - Celtic reveal that Sutton will complete a 6m move from Chelsea if he passes a medical.

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