Joe Cole announces retirement

Cole with the England camp

"He said Chelsea was a big club where you can win trophies every season". He had the pleasure of playing alongside a young Eden Hazard, who he wasted no time influencing during his time across the pond.

Now with Tampa Bay Rowdies, Joe Cole has confirmed that he will not be continuing the game, with the club 12th in the United Soccer League in America.

Interestingly, after two decades as a professional football star, the 37-year-old Cole has made a decision to call it quit with the round leather game. He only left for Chelsea after the Hammers' relegation from the Premier League.

Cole, who turned 37 last week, said his career had been "a dream come true" and he now hopes to move into coaching.

Cole - who made 281 appearances for Chelsea between 2003 and 2010 - hung up his boots on Tuesday after 20 years in football.

Former Chelsea and England midfielder Joe Cole has announced his retirement from professional football.

At the worldwide level, Englishman played in three world cups (2002, 2006 and 2010).

Cole has had career-defining moments with Chelsea having won the Premier League title three times, the FA Cup twice along with a League Cup with the team. "I hope I was able to do this for some of the fans and people who have watched my games over the years".

Cole won every domestic honour during his time at Chelsea, contributing to the Blues' first championship in 50 years in 2004-05 under Jose Mourinho.

A two-and-a-half-year spell at Liverpool saw Cole make just 42 appearances, scoring five goals, and included the season-long stint at Lille alongside Hazard.

And the Stamford Bridge faithful were quick to laud Cole for playing a part in bringing Hazard to the club. "Those memories will live with me forever, as will the chance I had to share them with my family", he commented.

"I spoke to Joe Cole and what he said above all was that Chelsea was the right club for me", he 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", he added.

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