Joe Cole announces retirement from football

first_imgJoe Cole has announced his retirement from playing football and will now focus on forging a coaching careerThe 37-year-old midfielder made the announcement on Tuesday morning after a spell with Tampa Bay Rowdies in the United Soccer League.“After 20 years as a professional, the time has come for me to hang up my boots,” said Cole on the Premier League website.“It has been a dream come true. All of it.“Whatever is next, I hope the next two decades are as special as my last 20 years as a professional have been.“A huge thanks to everyone who helped me along that path.”He added: “I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have played with some of the very best players of my era and even more fortunate to call a lot of them friends.“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.“Looking to the future, I want to stay involved in the game. I feel I can offer a lot as a coach.“To lend my experience to help other young footballers achieve their dreams, just like I did, is a big passion of mine.”Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.Cole graduated from the West Ham youth academy and made 187 appearances for the senior side across two spells after debuting as a 17-year-old in January 1999.After moving to Chelsea in 2003, Cole helped new coach Jose Mourinho deliver their first league title in 50 years.He also had spells with Liverpool, Lille, Aston Villa, Coventry and lastly Rowdies.Cole made 56 England appearances and represented the national side at three World Cups.Premier League: 🏆🏆🏆FA Cup: 🏆🏆League Cup: 🏆And who could forget the ‘worldie’ he scored against Sweden in the 2006 World Cup.More on Joe Cole’s retirement: https://t.co/eaJ1fRY5fi pic.twitter.com/WQIPcnzrbN— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) November 13, 2018last_img

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