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19.08.2019 18:46

Ashley Cole keen to coach after retirement

Former England left-back Ashley Cole is eager to go into coaching after hanging up his boots as a professional footballer.

Cole spent last season at Derby County under his former Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard, but has chosen to stop playing at the age of 38.

Cole, who won more than 100 caps for England, is currently undergoing a coaching course and also works as a TV pundit.

Cole said: “After hard thinking and consideration, it was obviously time to hang my boots up and look towards my next chapter, which will hopefully be coaching.

“I'm doing a course at the moment and now I want to be great at being a coach.

“As a young kid I never expected to be a professional so looking back now to be able to say I played in World Cups, Champions League finals... being lucky enough to lift Premier League titles is a young kid's dream so I've fulfilled my dream,” he added.

Words: Jake Evans

Images: PA