Former England and Chelsea star Joe Cole retires

Paola Ditto
Novembre 15, 2018

Eden Hazard has paid tribute to Joe Cole on the occasion of his retirement, recalling how his former teammate at French side Lille convinced him to join Chelsea six years ago.

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

Cole also featured 56 times for England, including appearances at the World Cups of 2002, 2006 and 2010, and brings his 20-year career to a close having spent the past three years at Tampa Bay Rowdies.

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

He spent seven seasons at Stamford Bridge, playing more than 280 games in all competitions. "I hope I was able to do this for some of the fans and people who have watched my games over the years".

These clubs include West Ham, where he started his professional career from 1998 to 2003, Chelsea from 2003-2010, Liverpool from 2010 to 2013, Westham again for a year (2013-14) and Aston Villa between 2014 and 2016.

He burst onto the scene aged 17 in January 1999 and quickly became captain.

One of his most memorable moments came in Chelsea's 3-0 win over Manchester United to win the 2005-06 Premier League title.

Cole won every domestic honour during his time at Chelsea, contributing to the Blues' first championship in 50 years in 2004-05 under Jose Mourinho.

He was unable to collect any winners' medals at Anfield, though he enjoyed a productive loan spell with Lille in 2011-12. I've been incredibly fortunate to have played with some of the very best players of my era and even more fortunate to call a lot of them friends.

"Winning trophies at Chelsea was particularly special for me". Those memories will live with me forever, as will the chance I had to share them with my family.

"Looking to the future, I want to stay involved in the game". I feel I can offer a lot as a coach and have really enjoyed the opportunity to undertake some of these duties with the Rowdies.

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