Talented left-back Ashley Cole, has announced his retirement from football at the age of 38.
Former Arsenal and Chelsea player spent the second half of last season on loan at Derby County in the Championship but following the end of his spell at Pride Park he has brought a glittering career to an end.
During a decorated career which spanned two decades, Cole won three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups, the League Cup, Europa League and the Champions League across spells with Arsenal and Chelsea.
On the international stage, Cole amassed 107 appearances for England, representing his country at three World Cups and two European Championships, while he also turned out for Crystal Palace, Roma and LA Galaxy at club level.
Speaking as a pundit on Sky Sports on Sunday, Cole said: ‘After hard consideration, it’s time to hang my boots up and look towards my next chapter, which will hopefully be coaching.” ‘As a young kid, I never expected to play one game or be a professional.
Looking back, to be able to say I played in World Cups, Champions League finals, being lucky enough to lift Premier League titles – it’s a young kid’s dream. ‘I fulfilled my dream and now I look to the future, hopefully as a great coach.’
He added: ‘I look back now and think, ‘I played for my country over 100 times’. I’m proud of that and it’s just a little bit disappointing I didn’t get to a final, or even a semi-final, with England.’
Cole travelled with Chelsea on their pre-season tour to Japan in an ambassadorial role this summer and has been linked with a return to the club since Frank Lampard was appointed as manager.