Ashley Cole: Former Arsenal And Chelsea Left-Back Announces Retirement at Age of 38

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Former England, Arsenal and Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole has announced his playing retirement from football.

He bows out as one of the most decorated players in the history of the domestic game, as well as the most-capped full-back in England’s history.

A three-time title winner and Champions League victor during his playing days with the London outfit and their rivals Arsenal, he was released by Debry County at the end of the 2018-19 campaign.

He made his professional debut for Arsenal in 1999 and went on to represent Crystal Palace on loan, Chelsea, Roma, LA Galaxy and Derby.

“After hard thinking it was time to hang up my boots and look forward to my next chapter,” Cole told Sky Sports.

Asked to reflect on his career, which began when he made his debut for Arsenal in a League Cup tie away to Middlesbrough in November 1999, Cole said: “Incredible.

“As a young kid, I never expected to play one game or be a professional. Looking back, to be able to say I played in World Cups, Champions League finals, being lucky enough to lift Premier League titles – it’s a young kid’s dream.

“I fulfilled my dream and now I look to the future, hopefully as a great coach.”

The London-born defender earned 107 caps for England and is the most decorated footballer in FA Cup history, having lifted the trophy seven times.

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