Former England international and Chelsea legend Joe Cole has today announced his retirement from professional football.
The 37-year-old, who ended-up his career in U.S.A., spent seven seasons at Stamford Bridge and made 716 professional appearances, scoring 104 goals for seven clubs.
He wrote: “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.
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.
Whatever is next, I hope the next two decades are as special as my last 20 years as a professional have been. Again, a huge thanks to everyone who helped me along that path”.
Joe Cole won 3 Premier League titles (2004-2005, 2005-2006, 2009-2010), 2 English League cups (2004-2005, 2006-2007), 3 FA Cup (2006-2007, 2008-2009, 2009-2010). He also lifted twice the Community Shield with the Blues (2005, 2009), was included in the ‘PFA Team of the Year’ in 2006 and was named ‘Chelsea Player of the Year’ earlier in 2008.