Phil Costa

Ashley Cole announces retirement from professional football

Ashley Cole has officially confirmed his retirement from professional football.

Cole last played for Derby County last season, having been signed on a short-term deal in January by former Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard.

“After hard-thinking and consideration, it was time to hang my boots up and look forward to my next chapter, which will hopefully be coaching,’ he revealed on Sky Sports.

“I am doing the course at the moment and now I want to be great as a coach.”


His retirement ends a 20-year playing career, which saw him win three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups, the League Cup and the Champions League.

The 38-year-old also won 107 caps for England.