Joe Cole Retires

By CNS Sport
Last updated : 13 November 2018

Former Coventry City midfielder Joe Cole has announced that he is retiring from playing.

Cole, made 22 appearances for the Sky Blues, scoring twice in 2015/2016 and has been in America with Tampa Bay Rowdies.


















The former England international said about his career: "It has been a dream come true. All of it.

"I hope the next two decades are as special as my last 20 years as a professional have been.

"There are key moments in every professional's career. One of mine came when I was a young West Ham player," Cole said.

"A senior pro, who was nearing his own retirement, said to me, 'Enjoy every game, young man. It goes by in the blink of an eye and you'll miss it badly after it's gone.'

"He was right. Those words resonate even more now than they did back then. I tried to play and live by his advice every single day because being a professional footballer is an absolute honour.

"As a fan, I loved watching wholehearted, skilful players and this is what inspired me.

"I remembered what was special for me when I was sitting in the stands watching games and I tried to replicate this. I hope I was able to do this for some of the fans and people who have watched my games over the years."



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