Former Chelsea & Arsenal defender Ashley Cole announces his retirement

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Cole’s standout career

In his prime, Ashley Cole was one of the best left-backs in Europe.

The now 38-year-old had solid stints at both Arsenal and Chelsea.

Cole would feature 227 times for Arsenal, scoring nine and assisting 18.

The Arsenal youth product also won two league titles, three FA Cups and two Community Shields whilst in north London.

Cole then made the switch to Chelsea in 2006.

Cole would feature 338 times for the Blues, scoring seven and assisting 38.

The Englishman also won a plethora of trophies whilst at Chelsea, including one PL title, four FA Cups, a League Cup, a Community Shield, one Champions League and one Europa League.

Chelsea

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 15: Frank Lampard (L), Ashley Cole, Didier Drogba, Florent Malouda, Paulo Ferreira and Daniel Sturridge (R) of Chelsea celebrate at the end of the FA Cup sponsored by E.ON Final match between Chelsea and Portsmouth at Wembley Stadium on May 15, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Cole retires

After spending most of his prime years with Chelsea and Arsenal, Cole also enjoyed spells at Roma, LA Galaxy and, most recently, Derby County.

However, Cole has now announced his retirement from football.

The former England international was a guest for Super Sunday on Sky Sports, and decided to announce the decision live on air:

“After hard thinking and consideration, it’s time to hang my boots up and look towards my next chapter, which will hopefully be coaching. I’m doing a course at the moment, now I want to be great at being a coach.

“It’s been incredible. As a young kid, I never expected to play one game or to be a professional so to look back now and be able to say I’ve played in World Cups, Champions League finals, been lucky enough to lift Premier League titles is a young kid’s dream.

“I’ve fulfilled my dream and now I look to the future, hopefully to be a great coach.

“I’m most proud of my England caps. I didn’t grasp it as much as I probably should, I look back now and I’m like ‘I’ve played for my country’ but not just once, I’ve played over 100 times.

“It’s just a little bit disappointing I didn’t get to a final or even a semi-final.” As quoted by football.london.

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