Carlton Cole Joins Essien In Indonesia
Carlton Cole has been handed jersey No 12 after joining Ghana defender Michael Essien at Parsib Bandung in the Indonesian League.
Cole agreed on a one-year deal to play in Indonesia after a year stint in America with Sacramento Republic.
Born in London, Cole joined Chelsea in 2001 and was handed his first team debut by Claudio Ranieri.
He however struggled to retain a first team shirt, and was loaned to Wolverhampton Wonderers, Charlton Athletic and Aston Villa, before signing for West Ham in 2006.
Essien made 19 England under-21 appearances (scoring six goals), and made his debut for the England national team on 11 February 2009 in a friendly match against Spain, where after latching onto a David Beckham pass, rounded the goalkeeper before his effort was cleared off the line.
He then made seven appearances for England, all from the substitutes' bench, and then made his way into Fabio Capello’s England squad, making seven appearances for the country.
Cole has represented England at international level, making five under-19 appearances, two under-20 appearances and 19 under-21 appearances (scoring six goals).
He holds the record for the most appearances as a substitute without ever starting a game.