Joe Cole announces retirement

Annette Crawford
November 15, 2018

Cole (37) made a total of 716 appearances for different clubs and scored 104 goals.

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

Cole joined Lille on loan from Liverpool in the 2011/12 season, where he played alongside Hazard, who had already caught the eye of several major European teams with his performances.

"I spoke to Cole before I signed for Chelsea", Hazard told Chelsea's official website. "I tried to play and live by his advice every single day because being a professional footballer is an absolute honour".

"I talked with Joe Cole before moving to Chelsea".

Tributes have been pouring in for the former England worldwide and Hazard paid special thanks to Cole, reminding Chelsea fans that it was his ex-Lille teammate who convinced him to sign for the Blues in 2012.

On the global stage, Cole was regarded as a member of England's "golden generation" which included the likes of Frank Lampard, David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Rio Ferdinand. "I hope I was able to do this for some of the fans and people who have watched my games over the years".

Cole also mentioned all the clubs he had honour to play, but pointed the most enjoyable period in his career was during he performed for Chelsea.

Cole helped Chelsea win their first championship in 50 years in 2004-05 under Jose Mourinho.

In 2016, the midfielder moved to the "Tampa" and spent three seasons in the lower leagues of North American soccer. A season-long return to West Ham was followed by spells at Aston Villa, Coventry and then the Rowdies in Florida.

"Winning trophies at Chelsea was particularly special for me. Those memories will live with me forever, as will the chance I had to share them with my family", he commented.

"A senior pro, who was nearing his own retirement, said to me: 'Enjoy every game, young man". I feel I can offer a lot as a coach.

"To lend my experience to help other young footballers achieve their dreams, just like I did, is a big passion of mine".

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