With a host of honours that few Englishman can boast, Joe Cole’s combination of skill, agility and vision made him one of the most exciting players of England’s golden generation.
Making his senior West ham debut at the age of just 17, Cole became a fans’ favourite at Upton Park in 126 appearances, soon becoming one of the world’s most sought after talents. In 2003, he signed for Chelsea, winning eight major trophies among 281 appearances at the club, including three Premier League and two FA Cup titles. At international level, Cole enjoyed a nine-year career in which he was capped 56 times, scoring 10 times, including a memorable volley vs. Sweden at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. At the age of 36, Cole is still plays professionally at Tampa Bay Rowdies, whilst also offering his expert views as a pundit across various media outlets.
- 56 caps, 10 goals, for England
- 3 x Premier League, 2 x FA Cup titles
- 630+ senior appearances