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Joe Cole announces his retirement from football

The former midfielder in the English national team, Joe Cole, announced his retirement on Tuesday after playing over 700 games in seven teams including Chelsea and Liverpool.

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"After 20 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.

Coles latest team was Tampa Bay Rowdies by 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 whom he participated in three world.

"I've been incredibly lucky to be able to play with some of the best players of my time," Cole said, part of the so-called "golden generation" in England, including David Beckham, Wayne Rooney, John Terry, Frank Lampard , Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes and Michael Owen.

Joe Cole He debuted in 1998 with West Ham, his team and left for Chelsea in 2003 after Hammers' descent. With "Blues" he was champion in England in 2005 and lost the Champions League 2008 final against Manchester United.

"I want to continue in the football world. I think I can offer much as a coach," said the football player about his future.

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