After playing for football professionally for two decades, former Chelsea star, Joe Cole has announced his retirement from football.

In a statement released on Tuesday, Cole who was with Chelsea for seven years between 2003 and 2010 during which time he won the Premier League on three occasions, the FA Cup twice and the League Cup, said it was apt for him to end his playing career now.

He said:  “After 20 years as a professional, the time has come for me to hang up my boots. 716 professional games, 104 goals, for seven great clubs – West Ham, Chelsea, Liverpool, Lille, Aston Villa, Coventry City and the Tampa Bay Rowdies – as well the honour of playing for England. It has been a dream come true. All of it.”

He continued: “There are key moments in every professional’s career. One of mine came when I was a young West Ham player.

Joe Cole

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“Countless people have helped me through my career. I don’t want to single anyone out individually for fear of overlooking someone else! Simply, to the managers, coaches, back room staff and everyone who has helped me along the way: thank you.”

Cole said Winning trophies at Chelsea was particularly special for him; adding that those memories will live with him forever.

On his plans going into the future, the former England star says he still wants to stay involved in the game.

“I feel I can offer a lot as a coach and have really enjoyed the opportunity to undertake some of these duties with the Rowdies. To lend my experience to help other young footballers achieve their dreams, just like I did, is a big passion of mine.” Cole stated

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