Former Chelsea and Arsenal defender,  Ashley Cole has announced his retirement from professional football.

Ashley Cole retires from professional footbal

The English left-back has hung up his football boots after a 20-year career.

Cole began his football career at Arsenal by rising through the youth ranks at Arsenal.

He made the news when he made a controversial transfer move to Chelsea in 2006 before finishing his career with spells at Roma, LA Galaxy and finally Derby.

However, the veteran defender has opted to pursue a career in coaching.

He said: “After hard thinking and consideration, it was obviously time to hang my boots up.

“I can look forward to my next chapter which will hopefully be coaching. I’m doing a course at the moment.”

Meanwhile Ashley Cole is a studio pundit covering Sheffield United vs Crystal Palace and Chelsea vs Leicester today.

The legend made 697 club appearances, winning 13 major trophies including three Premier Leagues and the Champions League.

Cole also made a total of 107 appearances for his national team, England.

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