Former England midfielder Joe Cole announced his retirement on Tuesday after playing over 700 games in seven teams including Chelsea and Liverpool.
"After twenty years as a professional, it's time to hang up the boots," said the player, who became 37 last week. "It has become a dream come true," he added.
The last team of Cole has been Tampa Bay Rowdies in the United Soccer League, the second US division. He previously defended the colors of West Ham, Chelsea, Liverpool, Lille, Aston Villa and Coventry. Joe Cole played 716 games throughout his career and played 56 times with the England shirt, with which he participated in three world cups.
"I've been incredibly lucky to be able to play with some of the best players in my time," Cole said, part of the so-called English Gold Generation, which included David Beckham, Wayne Rooney, John Terry, Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes or Michael Owen.
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– Chelsea FC Spanish (@ChelseaFC_Sp) November 13, 2018
Joe Cole debuted in 1998 with West Ham, his training team and went to Chelsea in 2003 after the descent of "Hammers". With "Blues" he was in England in 2005 and lost the Champions League 2008 final against Manchester United. "I want to continue in the world of football. I feel that I can offer much as a coach," the football player finished in terms of his future.