John Terry has been stripped of the England captaincy by manager Fabio Capello.
Here we look back at how the Chelsea star rose to hold English football's most prestigious post and how it it all went wrong.
1980 - December 7: Born in London.
1998 - October 28: Makes Chelsea debut against Aston Villa.
2001 - September: Terry is one of four players fined two weeks' wages by Chelsea after their behaviour at a Heathrow hotel is criticised on the day after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
2002 - Terry and Chelsea team-mate Jody Morris are cleared after being charged with assault and affray in connection with a nightclub incident. Terry, uncapped at the time, is ruled out of the World Cup after the Football Association decide he should not be considered for international duty with England until the legal case is completed. Chelsea fine both Terry and Morris for being out late less than 48 hours before an FA Cup third-round tie at Norwich.
2002 - May 4: Part of Chelsea side who lose FA Cup final to Arsenal.
2003 - June 3: Makes England debut against Serbia and Montenegro, coming on as a half-time substitute.
2004 - June 24: Penalised for foul on Portugal goalkeeper Ricardo, denying Sol Campbell a winner in the European Championship quarter-final.
August 15: Appointed Chelsea captain, succeeding Marcel Desailly.
2005 - April: Chelsea win Premiership.
2006 - April: Plays in the final game of title-winning season - a 3-0 win over rivals Manchester United.
August 10 - Chosen as new England captain by head coach Steve McClaren to replace David Beckham.
August 16 - England beat Greece 4-0 in a friendly in Terry's first game as captain, with the defender scoring the first goal of the new era.
October 11 - Suffers his first defeat as England skipper, 2-0 in Croatia in a Euro 2008 qualifier.
November 30 - Charged with improper conduct by the Football Association for comments about referee Graham Poll. Later admits the charge and is reprimanded and fined £10,000.
2007 - February 25: Knocked unconscious during the Carling Cup final victory over Arsenal when Abou Diaby's foot accidentally connects with his head.
June 1 - Scores his first senior England goal at the new Wembley in 1-1 draw with Brazil.
July 27 - Signs a new five-year deal with Chelsea.
September 29 - Suffers broken cheekbone in a match against Fulham.
2008 - March 25: Loses out as Rio Ferdinand is named England captain for friendly against France.
May 21 - Misses penalty in shoot-out against Manchester United which would have won Chelsea the Champions League. Manchester United win the shoot-out and Terry admits he will be "haunted forever" by the miss.
May 27 - Named England captain for England's friendly against the USA.
August 19 - Named as permanent captain of England by coach Fabio Capello ahead of friendly against Czech Republic at Wembley.
November 19 - Scores fifth England goal against Germany in a friendly.
2009 - February 15: Chelsea and Terry dismiss media reports of a move to Manchester City, with the player saying: "I have always said that I want to end my career at the club which I love."
2009 - April 1: Scores in the 2-1 World Cup qualifier against Ukraine.
July - Manchester City make renewed contact over Terry, seeing at least two bids for the player turned down.
July 26 - Terry releases a statement confirming neither he nor Chelsea considered Manchester City's offers and insisting he is "totally committed" to the club.
December 20 - Chelsea defend Terry after allegations he took secret cash payments to lay on a behind-the- scenes tour of the club's training ground.
2010 - January 29: Terry named as the sportsman behind a gagging injunction involving his private life. A court order had previously been in place, covering an alleged relationship between married Terry and French underwear model Vanessa Perroncel.
January 30: Terry scores the winning goal in Chelsea's 2-1 win at Burnley but does not smile as he is congratulated by team-mates. Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti confirms that Terry will remain captain of the club.
February 1: The FA says England manager Fabio Capello alone will decide whether Terry remains as England captain.
February 3: Terry's spokesman Phil Hall says Terry will make no announcement regarding his future as England captain before meeting Capello.
February 5: Terry is axed as England captain following a meeting with Capello.