Former England and Chelsea star Joe Cole retires

Joe Cole

Former England and Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole has announced his retirement from football on Tuesday, bringing the curtain down on a 20-year professional career.

Interestingly, after two decades as a professional football star, the 37-year-old Cole has chose to call it quit with the round leather game.

Hazard was one of Europe's hottest properties after his breakthrough season at Lille, and it was then teammate Cole who convinced him to join the Blues.

These clubs include West Ham, where he started his professional career from 1998 to 2003, Chelsea from 2003-2010, Liverpool from 2010 to 2013, Westham again for a year (2013-14) and Aston Villa between 2014 and 2016.

He wrote the post at Instagram in which thanked "countless people have helped" him through that path.

Reflecting on his future plans, Cole said that he wants to stay involved with the game adding that he could contribute a lot to the game as a coach.

To be honest I was a little surprised to find that Joe Cole retired today but mainly because I'd forgotten that he was still playing.

Eden Hazard has been in brilliant form this season.


Cole made his West Ham debut aged 17 and became captain four years later.

"I spoke to him before I signed for Chelsea".

"My favourite thing about being a professional footballer was the feeling you enjoy after coming back into the dressing room after a win".

European success proved elusive as Cole was in the Chelsea side beaten by Manchester United on penalties in the 2008 Champions League final in Moscow. "I tried to play and live by his advice every single day because being a professional footballer is an absolute honour".

"He said Chelsea were a big club where you can win trophies every season. It will be hard to replicate that but I'll always remember all of my former team-mates who I shared that experience with." .

'Whatever is next, I hope the next two decades are as special as my last 20 years as a professional have been.

Much was expected of Cole, and, although he starred at times, injuries stalled his progress. "Those memories will live with me forever, as will the chance I had to share them with my family", the West Ham product said. 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.

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