Last updated on April 17th, 2021 at 11:27 am
Former Chelsea and Arsenal left-back, Ashley Cole has announced his retirement from playing football.
Cole, who made the announcement during an interview with Sky Sport on Sunday, also revealed that he has already started preparations to become a coach.
The 38-year-old said: “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.”
Ashley Cole made 697 club appearances, winning 13 major trophies including three Premier Leagues and the Champions League.