Former Chelsea and West Ham midfielder Joe Cole has today called an end to his career after a two-year spell in the United States with second-tier side, Tampa Bay Rowdies.
The 37-year-old, who came to prominence in East London after making it through the Hammers’ infamous academy, won three Premier League titles, two FA Cups and the ECL Cup during his seven-year association with Chelsea, who he joined in 2003 as one of the first signings of the Roman Abramovich era.
Regarded as one of the most technically gifted English players of his generation, Cole earned 56 caps with the Three Lions, playing in three separate World Cup finals, scoring one of the most famous English goals during the finals back in 2006, with a stunning volley against Sweden.
Later spells at Liverpool, Lille, Aston Villa and Coventry City – as well as a return to West Ham – came after a spate of injuries had seen a drop in his performances and he moved over to the United States in 2016, where has now called an end to his career.
”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. My wife, Carly, and our three amazing children, my Dad, George, my Mum, Susan, are what I’m most proud of”, said Cole.
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. To lend my experience to help other young footballers achieve their dreams, just like I did, is a big passion of mine.
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