Former England and Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole has retired from football at the age of 37.
Cole, who played 56 times for the English National team since making his debut in 2001, has been with United Soccer League side Tampa Bay Rowdies since 2016.
Cole made his West Ham debut aged 17 and became captain four years later before joining Chelsea in 2003.
At Chelsea, he won three Premier League titles, two FA Cups, a league cup, a community shield and a Champions league trophy.
He spent seven seasons at Stamford Bridge, playing more than 280 games in all competitions.
In a post on his twitter page, he said: “Winning trophies at Chelsea was particularly special for me,”
“Those memories will live with me forever.”
“It has been a dream come true. All of it, I hope the next two decades are as special as my last 20 years as a professional have been.”
“There are key moments in every professional’s career. One of mine came when I was a young West Ham player,”
“A senior pro, who was nearing his own retirement, said to me, ‘Enjoy every game, young man. It goes by in the blink of an eye and you’ll miss it badly after it’s gone.’
“He was right. Those words resonate even more now than they did back then. I tried to play and live by his advice every single day because being a professional footballer is an absolute honour.”
The 37-year old played at the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cups.
By Chineze Ogugua
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