Ashley Cole has officially has called time on football, bringing to an end a 20-year playing career.
Former Chelsea full-back Ashley Cole has announced his retirement, as he casts his eyes towards a future in coaching. The former England international made the announcement on Sky Sports’ Super Sunday earlier today.
“After hard thinking and consideration, it was obviously time to hang my boots up. I can look forward to my next chapter which will hopefully be coaching. I’m doing a course at the moment, now I want to be great at being a coach”, he revealed.
“It’s been incredible. As a young kid, I never expected to play one game or to be a professional so to look back now and be able to say I’ve played in World Cups, Champions League finals, been lucky enough to lift Premier League titles is a young kid’s dream.
“I’ve fulfilled my dream and now I look to the future, hopefully to be a great coach.
“I’m most proud of my England caps. I didn’t grasp it as much as I probably should, I look back now and I’m like ‘I’ve played for my country’ but not just once, I’ve played over 100 times. It’s just a little bit disappointing I didn’t get to a final or even a semi-final.”
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Cole made his debut at the age of 18 with boyhood club Arsenal, winning three Premier League titles and three FA Cups during a seven-year stint in North London before moving across the capital to Chelsea. Further honors came his way at Stamford Bridge, as he lifted a further four FA Cups and another Premier League, as well as the Champions League and the Europa League.
After spells with Roma and LA Galaxy, he made his return to English football last season with Derby County, suffering defeat in the Championship playoff final at Wembley, and has been without a club since.
Cole, now aged 38, is going to hang up his boots after featuring for five clubs in his career in a total of 20 seasons, whilst making more than 700 club appearances and more than 100 international appearances, having won 16 major trophies.