Ashley Cole discuss what next after announcing his retirement

Ashley Cole

The Former England defender Ashley Cole is planning to move into coaching after calling it quit on his illustrious playing career.

The 38-year-old announced his retirement on Sky Sports before acting as a pundit for the afternoon’s Premier League games.

Cole has won 13 major titles during his 20-year career, including the 2012 Champions League with Chelsea, three Premier League titles and seven FA Cup triumphs.

Ashley made almost 700 appearances at level for the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Roma and LA Galaxy.

He said winning the Premier League title has been a childhood dream that he was lucky to achieve.

“As a young kid I never expected to be a professional so looking back now to be able to say I played in World Cups, Champions League finals… being lucky enough to lift Premier League titles is a young kid’s dream so I’ve fulfilled my dream.”

However, Cole lamented not making it to the finals for England throughout his appearance internationally.

“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 began his career with Arsenal and, after a brief loan spell at Crystal Palace, went on to make more than 200 appearances for the Gunners, lifting the FA Cup three times and winning the Premier League twice.

The Invincibles Credit: BBC

He was a member of the “Invincibles” who went through the 2003-04 Premier League season unbeaten, but left the club in bitter circumstances in 2006.

Cole was fined £100,000 – later reduced to £75,000 on appeal – for his part in an illegal approach from Chelsea in 2005, the club he would join for £5million the following year.

Cole won the FA Cup in his first season at Stamford Bridge and four times in total and also won the Premier League in 2010 and the Champions League in 2012, scoring in the penalty shoot-out as Chelsea beat Bayern Munich.

After leaving Chelsea in 2014 Cole enjoyed spells with Roma and LA Galaxy before ending his playing career under former Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard at Derby.

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