Ex-England and Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole retires


Former England midfielder Joe Cole announced his retirement on Tuesday after making more than 700 appearances for seven clubs including West Ham and Chelsea.

Joe Cole

Cole, who turned 37 last week, said his career had been “a dream come true” and he now hopes to move into coaching.

His final club was Tampa Bay Rowdies in the United Soccer League, the second tier in the US.

Cole made 716 professional appearances, scoring 104 goals for seven clubs and his 56 England caps spanned across three World Cup tournaments.

He made his international debut aged 19 when he was earmarked as one of England’s brightest young talents at the Hammers.

Cole was part of England’s so-called “Golden Generation”, playing alongside David Beckham, Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes, Michael Owen and Steven Gerrard, plus his Chelsea teammates John Terry and Frank Lampard.

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