39 Facts About Joe Cole

1. Joe Cole praised by Rangers boss Steven Gerrard as Chelsea legend confirms his retirement from football.

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2. Joe Cole has announced his retirement, with Eden Hazard leading.

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3. Eden Hazard reveals how Joe Cole convinced him to sign for the club.

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4. Joe Cole was overhyped but boss Gareth Southgate would love a star like him for England now.

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5. Joe Cole retires: Former England, Chelsea and West Ham midfielder calls time on career.

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6. Joe Cole is still held in the highest regard at Stamford Bridge.

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7. Joe Cole said in a statement on Tuesday: "After 20 years as a professional, the time has come for me to hang up my boots".

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8. Joe Cole has announced his retirement, with Eden Hazard leading the tributes to the former England and Chelsea star.

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9. Eden Hazard says Joe Cole convinced him to join Chelsea.

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10. Joe Cole was among the crop of outstanding individuals of which the.

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11. Joe Cole has hung up his boots after a career spent among world football's greats.

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12. Joe Cole names his best ever teammate—and it's not Frank Lampard or Steven Gerrard.

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13. Joe Cole is back at prop alongside Greg Bateman and hooker Tom Youngs Ben White gets the nod at scrum-half alongside fly-half Joe Ford in the only changes to the backline from the cup defeat against Sale Sharks last weekend.

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14. Joe Cole has announced his retirement, with Eden Hazard leading the tributes to the former England, West Ham and Chelsea midfielder.

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15. Joe Cole came through the ranks at West Ham and made his debut aged 17, before joining Roman Abramovich's.

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16. Joe Cole was overhyped but Gareth Southgate would love a star like him now for England.

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17. Wayne Rooney has his say and Joe Cole calls it a day.

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18. Joe Cole has announced his retirement from the game at the age of 37.

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19. Joe Cole retires with his teenage promise fulfilled and a playground love for football undimmed.

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20. At the subsequent court case, Joe Cole was warned he could lose his driving licence and was ordered to pay £600 costs.

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21. Joe Cole was named in the final 23-man selection for England's 2010 World Cup squad.

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22. Joe Cole scored his seventh goal for England in June 2007, in Euro 2008 qualifying, away to Estonia.

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23. Joe Cole scored a volley in the 34th minute of the match and got an assist in the 85th when he sent in a ball to Steven Gerrard, with this contribution earning him the Man of the match award.

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24. Joe Cole was a squad member at UEFA Euro 2004, but did not play.

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25. Joe Cole made his senior international debut against Mexico in May 2001.

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26. On 4 May 2016, Joe Cole signed with the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the North American Soccer League, signing a contract through the end of the 2017 NASL season, with a club option for 2018.

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27. On 7 January 2016, Joe Cole signed on a free transfer on a deal lasting until the end of the season.

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28. In June 2014, Joe Cole signed a two-year contract with Aston Villa on a free transfer after he was released by West Ham.

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29. Joe Cole was ruled out of action for six weeks with a hamstring tear in September 2013.

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30. On 2 August 2012, Joe Cole started his first Liverpool game for over a year, playing in the Europa League first leg qualifier victory over FC Gomel.

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31. On 31 August 2011, Joe Cole signed for French champions Lille on a season-long loan.

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32. Joe Cole played in Jamie Carragher's testimonial match, where he scored his first goal for the club.

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33. Joe Cole joined Liverpool on a free transfer after signing a four-year deal in July 2010.

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34. Joe Cole ended his career at Chelsea having won three Premier League titles, two FA Cups and a League Cup.

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35. Joe Cole played in the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final, which Chelsea lost on penalties to Manchester United; he was substituted in extra time for Nicolas Anelka, who missed Chelsea's crucial penalty.

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36. Joe Cole extended his contract with Chelsea for another four seasons.

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37. Joe Cole is a product of the West Ham United youth system.

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38. Joe Cole was born in Paddington, London, and lived there until he moved to Somers Town at the age of six.

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39. Joe Cole started his career with West Ham United, where, after breaking into the first team in January 1999, he played more than 120 Premier League games over five seasons.

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