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  • COLE ANSWERS FAN AND PLAYER QUESTIONS ON CHELSEA TV COLE ANSWERS FAN AND PLAYER QUESTIONS ON CHELSEA TV - 26.10.2013
    Ashley Cole was a guest on Friday Night Live last night, speaking exclusively to supporters from the Chelsea TV sofa...
  • GERMANY BOUND GERMANY BOUND - 21.10.2013
    Andre Schurrle was part of a 21-man squad which departed Gatwick ahead of tomorrow's Champions League game against Schalke in Gelsenkirchen, but Ashley Cole hasn't travelled...
  • COLE OUT OF ENGLAND QUALIFIER COLE OUT OF ENGLAND QUALIFIER - 13.10.2013
    The FA have announced today (Sunday) that Ashley Cole will miss England's World Cup qualifier against Poland on Tuesday through injury...
  • COLE TO MISS ENGLAND GAME COLE TO MISS ENGLAND GAME - 07.10.2013
    The Football Association has tonight (Monday) released a statement ruling Ashley Cole out of England's international match on Friday...
  • CHELSEA TV EXCLUSIVE: COLE ON THE DEFENSIVE CHELSEA TV EXCLUSIVE: COLE ON THE DEFENSIVE - 04.10.2013
    Having been part of a side which has kept five clean sheets in ten games so far this season, Ashley Cole is well-placed to discuss our defensive merits...
  • LAMPARD PRAISE FOR DEFENCE DUO LAMPARD PRAISE FOR DEFENCE DUO - 12.09.2013
    Frank Lampard was the Chelsea player in action for England on Tuesday night in Ukraine who naturally drew most attention, but in the wake of the game, he highlighted the displays from his two club colleagues alongside him...
  • COLE: LAMPARD DESERVES IT COLE: LAMPARD DESERVES IT - 10.09.2013
    Ashley Cole has paid tribute to Frank Lampard as the midfielder prepares to join the exclusive group of England centurions...
  • TRIO LOOKING FORWARD TO REAL TEST TRIO LOOKING FORWARD TO REAL TEST - 06.08.2013
    Three Chelsea players have spoken of their excitement ahead of facing Real Madrid in Miami on Wednesday...
  • COLE: WE CAN DO IT ALL TOGETHER COLE: WE CAN DO IT ALL TOGETHER - 23.07.2013
    Ashley Cole says the Chelsea squad is pleased to have Jose Mourinho back at Stamford Bridge, and that the players owe it to the manager to win more trophies this season.
  • A QUESTION OF SPORT: BA AND COLE A QUESTION OF SPORT: BA AND COLE - 09.07.2013
    Professional footballers have spent the majority of their lives focused on mastering their art but, away from the beautiful game, which other sports do they take an interest in?
  • COLE: NO SHORT CUTS COLE: NO SHORT CUTS - 24.06.2013
    Ashley Cole has a second pre-season with Jose Mourinho to look forward to this summer, but admits the work becomes more daunting the closer it gets...
  • INTERNATIONALS: COLE CAPTAINS AS LAMPARD SCORES INTERNATIONALS: COLE CAPTAINS AS LAMPARD SCORES - 29.05.2013
    Ashley Cole played 53 minutes as captain before handing the armband to goalscorer Frank Lampard in England's 1-1 draw with Ireland at Wembley on Wednesday night.
  • INTERNATIONAL ROUNDUP INTERNATIONAL ROUNDUP - 29.05.2013
    The club campaign may have reached its conclusion, but for a number of our players, holidays will need to be put on hold as they head off to represent their respective nations in the upcoming international matches.
  • LAMPARD: CREDIT TO COLE LAMPARD: CREDIT TO COLE - 28.05.2013
    Centurion Ashley Cole will captain England against Ireland at Wembley on Wednesday, and team-mate Frank Lampard believes the defender is fully deserving of the honour.
  • COLE: OUR BRILLIANT ACHIEVEMENT COLE: OUR BRILLIANT ACHIEVEMENT - 16.05.2013
    Ashley Cole has told the official Chelsea website of his pride at becoming a double European champion.
  • HODGSON CALLS ON CHELSEA TRIO HODGSON CALLS ON CHELSEA TRIO - 16.05.2013
    Three Chelsea players have been named in Roy Hodgson's latest England squad, which was announced earlier today [Thursday]...
  • BENITEZ: PAIR COULD PLAY BENITEZ: PAIR COULD PLAY - 19.04.2013
    Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill returned to training on Friday, Rafael Benitez has reported.
  • LAMPARD: COLE CAPS RICHLY DESERVED LAMPARD: COLE CAPS RICHLY DESERVED - 07.02.2013
    Frank Lampard has paid tribute to Ashley Cole after the Blues defender became only the seventh player in history to reach 100 caps for England...
  • COLE'S 100 CAPS CELEBRATED COLE'S 100 CAPS CELEBRATED - 07.02.2013
    Ashley Cole became the seventh player to make 100 England appearances last night, and was the talk of Twitter for his achievement...
  • COLE - 100 NOT OUT COLE - 100 NOT OUT - 06.02.2013
    Ashley Cole played the first 45 minutes of England's 2-1 win over Brazil on Wednesday night and in doing so, made his 100th appearance for his country. Frank Lampard struck the winning goal...
  • HODGSON: COLE TO START AGAINST BRAZIL HODGSON: COLE TO START AGAINST BRAZIL - 05.02.2013
    Roy Hodgson has confirmed Ashley Cole will start against Brazil tomorrow at Wembley and become only the seventh player to reach 100 caps for England...
  • COLE SET TO JOIN 100 CLUB COLE SET TO JOIN 100 CLUB - 31.01.2013
    Ashley Cole is in line to earn his 100th England cap after being named in Roy Hodgson's squad for next week's friendly against Brazil at Wembley...
  • COLE ANTICIPATES TOUGH TIE COLE ANTICIPATES TOUGH TIE - 25.01.2013
    Ashley Cole has played 22 FA Cup games in his Chelsea career so far. He has yet to be on the losing side in normal play...
  • COLE: CONFIDENT AND CARRYING ON COLE: CONFIDENT AND CARRYING ON - 23.01.2013
    Barring injury, there is a good chance Ashley Cole next month will reach the milestones of 300 games for his club and 100 caps for his country...
  • COLE NOMINATED FOR ENGLAND AWARD COLE NOMINATED FOR ENGLAND AWARD - 12.12.2012
    Ashley Cole has been nominated for England's Player of the Year award, and you can vote now to show your support for the Chelsea man.
  • FIVE BLUES NOMINATED FOR UEFA AWARD FIVE BLUES NOMINATED FOR UEFA AWARD - 04.12.2012
    The final nominations for UEFA.com's Team of the Year have been announced, and the Blues are well represented, with five of our players in the reckoning...
  • LAMPARD AND HAZARD NAMED ON FIFA SHORTLIST LAMPARD AND HAZARD NAMED ON FIFA SHORTLIST - 26.11.2012
    The 15 midfielders shortlisted for the FIFA/FIFPro World XI 2012 have been announced, with two Chelsea players represented...
  • DI MATTEO: COLE OUT, TERRY IN CONTENTION DI MATTEO: COLE OUT, TERRY IN CONTENTION - 09.11.2012
    Roberto Di Matteo has confirmed Ashley Cole will remain absent for Sunday's visit of Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League.
  • DI MATTEO: BE AT OUR BEST DI MATTEO: BE AT OUR BEST - 06.11.2012
    Roberto Di Matteo has called for a 'perfect game' from his side if we are to beat Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday night, a task made harder by the absence of Ashley Cole through injury.
  • EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS SIGNING AT THE BRIDGE TODAY EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS SIGNING AT THE BRIDGE TODAY - 25.10.2012
    Three England internationals and stars of our heroic win in Munich will be at the Stamford Bridge Megastore today today (Thursday) to sign copies of the new Kings of Europe book...
  • EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS SIGNING AT THE BRIDGE TODAY EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS SIGNING AT THE BRIDGE TODAY - 23.10.2012
    Three England internationals and stars of our heroic win in Munich will be at the Stamford Bridge Megastore today on Thursday to sign copies of the new Kings of Europe book...
  • FA STATEMENT ON COLE FINE FA STATEMENT ON COLE FINE - 18.10.2012
    The FA has today (Thursday) issued a statement regarding a fine following a charge for Ashley Cole...
  • COLE RETURNS AS ENGLAND ARE HELD COLE RETURNS AS ENGLAND ARE HELD - 17.10.2012
    Ashley Cole earned his 99th international cap by playing the full 90 minutes in England's rearranged World Cup qualifier against Poland in Warsaw...
  • UPDATE ON COLE AND BERTRAND UPDATE ON COLE AND BERTRAND - 11.10.2012
    The FA has issued a statement on Ashley Cole and a misconduct charge, plus there is further news on Ryan Bertrand's illness...
  • INTERNATIONAL SELECTIONS INTERNATIONAL SELECTIONS - 09.10.2012
    It promises to be another week of busy action for Chelsea's internationals, with players at all levels on duty for their countries either in Europe or Africa...
  • COLE CHARGED COLE CHARGED - 08.10.2012
    The FA has today (Monday) issued a statement regarding Ashley Cole...
  • EURO HEROES SIGNING AT THE BRIDGE EURO HEROES SIGNING AT THE BRIDGE - 02.10.2012
    Three England internationals and stars of our heroic win in Munich will be at the Stamford Bridge Megastore on Thursday, October 25 to sign copies of the new Kings of Europe book.
  • COLE: BACK TO FRONT COLE: BACK TO FRONT - 23.09.2012
    The previous time Ashley Cole was able to speak as a Chelsea goalscorer he was part of a team sitting top of the league, and the left-back was in the same position again following his late winner against Stoke City...
  • COLE TO MISS SECOND INTERNATIONAL COLE TO MISS SECOND INTERNATIONAL - 08.09.2012
    Ashley Cole, absent from England's 5-0 win against Moldova on Friday night due to an ankle injury, will also miss Tuesday's match versus Ukraine at Wembley the FA has announced...
  • THE TWEET SPOT: ASHLEY COLE THE TWEET SPOT: ASHLEY COLE - 30.08.2012
    Ashley Cole believes Ryan Bertrand can be a leading light in the Chelsea side for years to come...
  • TWEET COLE YOUR QUESTIONS TWEET COLE YOUR QUESTIONS - 28.08.2012
    Ashley Cole will be answering your questions via Twitter on Wednesday afternoon...
  • COLE: WINNING SMILES COLE: WINNING SMILES - 26.08.2012
    Ashley Cole discussed changes to the method of Chelsea's play this season following his part in Saturday's 2-0 win over Newcastle at Stamford Bridge...
  • COLE: MORE MINUTES NEEDED COLE: MORE MINUTES NEEDED - 03.08.2012
    Ashley Cole is hoping Saturday's friendly at Brighton will provide the final match fitness he feels he needs before the season's competitive start next weekend.
  • COLE CAN HOLD HIS HEAD UP COLE CAN HOLD HIS HEAD UP - 25.06.2012
    After seeing his penalty saved by Gianluigi Buffon, Ashley Cole was reassured that he should be proud of his performances throughout Euro 2012...
  • PENALTY ANGUISH FOR HODGSON'S ENGLAND PENALTY ANGUISH FOR HODGSON'S ENGLAND - 24.06.2012
    England suffered penalty shoot-out heartbreak once again as Italy progressed to a Euro 2012 semi-final against Germany...
  • COLE: OUR TIME COLE: OUR TIME - 23.06.2012
    Ashley Cole became England's most capped tournament player after appearing in the 1-0 victory over Ukraine on Tuesday night...
  • EURO 2012: ENGLAND AND FRANCE INTO LAST EIGHT EURO 2012: ENGLAND AND FRANCE INTO LAST EIGHT - 19.06.2012
    A full complement of Chelsea players who travelled to Euro 2012 will be involved in the knockout stages after England beat Ukraine and France, despite defeat, finished second in Group D...
  • COLE SET TO MAKE HISTORY COLE SET TO MAKE HISTORY - 18.06.2012
    If, as expected, Ashley Cole plays for England against Ukraine at Euro 2012 tomorrow night, the Blues left-back will enter the record books...
  • LOOKING BACK: NO.3 LOOKING BACK: NO.3 - 16.06.2012
    It was yet another impressive campaign by the Blues left-back whose consistency has now reached an almost incomparable level...
  • COLE TAKING NO RISKS COLE TAKING NO RISKS - 13.06.2012
    It has been reported that Ashley Cole's training session with England came to a premature end earlier today...
  • ALL SQUARE FOR ENGLISH AND FRENCH ALL SQUARE FOR ENGLISH AND FRENCH - 11.06.2012
    The Chelsea trio of John Terry, Ashley Cole and Florent Malouda were all starters in England's 1-1 draw with France in the European Championships group stages on Monday evening.
  • EURO 2012 PREVIEW: ENGLAND EURO 2012 PREVIEW: ENGLAND - 07.06.2012
    For the first time in many years, England head into a major tournament with very little expectation weighing on their shoulders...
  • CHELSEA 2012: ASHLEY COLE CHELSEA 2012: ASHLEY COLE - 25.05.2012
    Local boy Ashley Cole feels a sense of pride as he anticipates London 2012, but struggles to come up with a suitable Chelsea relay team...
  • COLE'S 20-YEAR VINTAGE COLE'S 20-YEAR VINTAGE - 15.05.2012
    Ashley Cole is the best left-back of the Premier League era according to awards to mark 20 seasons of the competition, announced today (Tuesday)...
  • COLE: NOTHING TO FEAR COLE: NOTHING TO FEAR - 18.04.2012
    Few players have greater Champions League experience than Ashley Cole. The 31-year-old made his debut in the competition back in October 2000...
  • THREE IN ENGLAND SQUAD THREE IN ENGLAND SQUAD - 23.02.2012
    Ashley Cole, Gary Cahill and Daniel Sturridge have been named in the England squad for next week's friendly against Holland at Wembley.
  • TERRY TRAINS TERRY TRAINS - 13.02.2012
    The club has an injury update on captain John Terry and Ashley Cole, who was injured at the weekend.
  • COLE: KEEP IT UP COLE: KEEP IT UP - 17.12.2011
    Ashley Cole is hoping our recent impressive form will carry us into the festive period, starting with the trip to Wigan Athletic today.
  • FIVE BLUES NOMINATED FOR FIFPRO TEAM FIVE BLUES NOMINATED FOR FIFPRO TEAM - 01.12.2011
    Five Chelsea men are among 13 Premier League players shortlisted for the FIFPro World XI team today (Thursday).
  • CHELSEA TV EXCLUSIVE: COLE COUNTING CHELSEA TV EXCLUSIVE: COLE COUNTING - 24.10.2011
    Defeat in a local derby was not the way that Ashley Cole would have chosen to mark a milestone of unbroken league appearances...
  • COLE: KEEP ON KEEPING ON COLE: KEEP ON KEEPING ON - 05.03.2007
    Ashley Cole gave clear notice of his return to full fitness from a knee injury by laying on the final ball for both goals against Portsmouth.
  • ASH READY AND WAITING ASH READY AND WAITING - 23.02.2007
    Ashley Cole has handed the timing of his return to first team football over to José Mourinho after the player declared himself satisfied with his fitness.
  • ASHLEY COLE RETURNS TONIGHT IN RESERVES ASHLEY COLE RETURNS TONIGHT IN RESERVES - 21.02.2007
    There is double Chelsea action tonight with the reserves in action too. Brendan Rodgers's side play away at Reading.
  • ASHLEY COLE: HITTING RECOVERY TARGETS EARLY ASHLEY COLE: HITTING RECOVERY TARGETS EARLY - 14.02.2007
    Ashley Cole has given a positive assessment of his recovery from a knee injury and hopes he could be back in full training within a fortnight.
  • REACTION: CONCERN FOR COLE BUT PRAISE FOR OTHERS REACTION: CONCERN FOR COLE BUT PRAISE FOR OTHERS - 31.01.2007
    The 3-0 victory over Blackburn maintains our six point gap behind Manchester United but it wasn't without its cost for the Blues as the injury jinx strikes again.
  • COLE SENSES HUNGER FOR THE CUP COLE SENSES HUNGER FOR THE CUP - 26.01.2007
    There is just one player in Chelsea's medal-laden squad who has played in a winning FA Cup Final. He is Ashley Cole.
  • COLE UNVEILS MEMORIAL TO LONDON SCHOOLBOY COLE UNVEILS MEMORIAL TO LONDON SCHOOLBOY - 12.12.2006
    Ashley Cole has unveiled a tribute to a young fan tragically killed in a hit and run accident.
  • REACTION: COLE ON DRESSING ROOM DRESSING DOWN REACTION: COLE ON DRESSING ROOM DRESSING DOWN - 27.11.2006
    Following his high-octane display in Sunday's important draw at Old Trafford, Ashley Cole lifted the lid on a main reason for the team's much improved play in the second-half.
  • COLE LOOKS FOR MORE SUCCESS AGAINST OLD RIVALS COLE LOOKS FOR MORE SUCCESS AGAINST OLD RIVALS - 05.11.2006
    Ashley Cole travels to White Hart Lane today hoping, if selected, to defend his own unbeaten record against Tottenham.
  • MOURINHO AND COLE TELL TRANSFER TALES - 08.09.2006
    "For me it was a surprise when in the last couple of days before the deadline Peter Kenyon was informing me that there was a big possibility that he would come. I was of course very, very happy."
  • COLE LINED-UP FOR STAMFORD BRIDGE BOW - 08.09.2006
    Amongst all the interest in Ashley Cole's arrival at Chelsea, it is easy to forget that Saturday's opponents Charlton were last season's toughest domestic visitors to the Bridge. The fact hasn't slipped the mind of Jose Mourinho.
  • COLE SETTLES IN AND SPEAKS - 08.09.2006
    Ashley Cole has given an interview for the first time as a Chelsea player. He told Chelsea TV about his ambition, his physical condition, and a Chelsea player who could make him look silly.
  • COLE ARRIVES AT STAMFORD BRIDGE - 07.09.2006
    Ashley Cole, fresh from England duty and prior to his first training session under Jose Mourinho this afternoon, has given his first interview as a Chelsea player. It can be seen tonight on Chelsea TV.
  • DIXON: COLE THE WORLD'S BEST - 03.09.2006
    Former Chelsea ace Kerry Dixon has backed the club on the three transfer deadline day dealings.
  • ASHLEY THE THIRD MAN - 01.09.2006
    Ashley Cole has been given Chelsea squad number 3, the same number he wears for England and carried previously for Arsenal.
  • COLE, GALLAS AND HUTH SWITCHES APPROVED - 01.09.2006
    The transfer process that moves Ashley Cole to Chelsea, William Gallas to Arsenal and Robert Huth to Middlesbrough has been completed with the news that the FA Premier League has accepted the registration of the players.
  • COLE EXTENDS ENGLAND CLAN - 01.09.2006
    Chelsea's transfer deadline day signing of Ashley Cole takes the number of England players in the current squad to six.
  • COLE TO CHELSEA, GALLAS TO ARSENAL - 01.09.2006
  • KENYON DISCUSSES CHAMPIONS LEAGUE AND COLE - 24.08.2006
    Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon, in Monaco for the Champions League draw, has given his initial thoughts on being lined-up to play Barcelona, Werder Bremen and Levski Sofia.
  • MOURINHO: COLE DEAL IN ARSENAL HANDS - 10.08.2006
    Jose Mourinho has given his thoughts on the attempt to sign Ashley Cole in the wake of Chelsea Football Club's Wednesday evening statement on the current situation.
  • Name: Ashley Cole
  • Nationality: English
  • Date of Birth: 20/12/1980
  • Height: 176 cm
  • Weight: 66.0 kg
  • Previous Clubs: Crystal Palace, Arsenal
  • Position: Defender

Chelsea career

Ashley Cole was a 2006 summer deadline day signing from Arsenal, to whom we paid £5 million plus William Gallas, and he made his debut against Werder Bremen in September that year.

A fabulous athlete who loves to go forward, he admitted at that season's end that Blues fans had yet to see him at his very best, a series of injures having hindered the settling process. Competition with Wayne Bridge for the left-back slot had ended with a roughly even share of games.

An ankle operation in the summer cleared the way for an uninhibited start to the 2007/08 campaign and with Bridge injured, Ashley got off to a flyer and enjoyed the lion's share of matches that season, particularly for the big encounters.

His first Chelsea goal was lashed in away at West Ham in March 2008 during a 4-0 win, and after surviving an injury scare in training on the eve of the Champions League Final, he recovered to put in one of the best displays on the night, including a successful shoot-out penalty.

In 2008/09 under Luiz Felipe Scolari, Ashley was utilised far more in attack, but with the arrival of Guus Hiddink, the full-back had his wings clipped, focusing more on defence, a tactic that paid off with a number of clean sheets.

Voted Players' Player of the Year at the end of 2008/09, Ashley had put previous injury concerns behind him to turn in a personal record number of club appearances in a season (49).

He won the FA Cup against Everton in 2009, a feat repeated in May 2010 against Portsmouth when he entered the record books as the only man to win six FA Cups, three with Chelsea in 2007, 2009 and 2010, and three with Arsenal.

The latest came at the end of another season of unfaltering consistency for arguably the best left-back in the world, his sixth FA Cup joined by his second Double, along with Nicolas Anelka the first man to do so with two different clubs.

On a personal level, he scored a record four times in the same season, including the Chelsea Goal of the Season against Sunderland in January, a deft flick after controlling John Terry's long pass expertly and cutting inside his man.

He supplied goals against Stoke and Tottenham, while finding the scoresheet in explosive fashion against Burnley, and then Spurs, before twice claiming assists at former club Arsenal in November 2009.

After fracturing his ankle in a challenge with Everton's Landon Donovan in Februrary, dedication and a fast-healing body helped him back before the end of April for the 7-0 win against Stoke, and he found the net one more time against Wigan on the final day of the league season.

For the first time in his career, 2010/11 saw him end the campaign as a Premier League ever-present, having started all 38 league matches. It was a figure that helped him over the 200-game mark for Chelsea, and for the second time in his Stamford Bridge career he ended the season as Players' Player of the Year, and returned into the PFA's representative XI, the only Chelsea man in the side, as well as Uefa's Team of the Year for 2010. 

Cole only missed his first league game in the following campaign in early February. At 31, however, he found himself rested more often than in the past as the 2011/12 season reached its dramatic climax, a move which enabled Ryan Bertrand to gain some invaluable first team experience.

Cole was outstanding in the Champions League ties against Napoli and Barcelona. He made a stunning clearance off the line in Naples and again at home to the then-European Champions the following month, while marshalling the defence impeccably in the Camp Nou following the sending off of John Terry and injury to Gary Cahill.

After winning his seventh FA Cup winners medal - a record - following the victory against Liverpool, Cole finished the season by adding the one trophy which had eluded him, the Champions League, to his collection. He also scored our fourth penalty in the shoot-out win against Bayern Munich.

Cole scored his first goal of the 2012/13 season in our 1-0 victory over Stoke City in mid-September, and in January 2013 it was announced that the left-back had signed a one-year extension to his contract, tying him to the Blues until the summer of 2014.

Cole made his 300th Chelsea appearance in the 2-0 away defeat at Manchester City in February 2013, but he was then forced to miss a crucial run of games during a frantic end to the season after aggravating a hamstring in the 1-0 FA Cup win over Manchester United.

Cole, however, made his return in our Europa League semi-final away at Basel and remained in the side for the rest of the campaign, lifting a new title, the Europa League, after our success in Amsterdam against Benfica.

Pre-Chelsea
A product of Arsenal's youth system, Ashley was born in east London and made his debut for the Gunners at the age of 18 in the League Cup.

He spent a three-month loan period at Crystal Palace at the end of the 1999/00 season, making 14 appearances and scoring one goal, his progress rewarded with his first Premiership appearance in the final league game of the season.

By the end of the following campaign, Ashley had taken over as first choice left-back from Silvinho, and the next season was handed his first winners' medals as Arsenal secured the Double, beating Chelsea in the FA Cup Final. A year later Southampton were beaten in Cardiff to take the Cup tally to two.

He was also well on the way to his second Premiership title (playing 32 times in Arsenal's unbeaten league season of 2003/04) and had become an England international.

A third FA Cup win was added in 2005, and although his final Arsenal season saw him hampered by injuries, he recovered to start their Champions League Final defeat by Barcelona, his last game for the club.

International career
Having played for England at youth and Under-21 levels, Ashley was named in Sven-Göran Eriksson's first squad and made his full international debut against Albania in March 2001.

He played all five England games at the World Cup in 2002 and for many people, was one of his nation's star performers during Euro 2004 in Portugal. He was named in the all-star squad for the tournament.

He also played each of England's five games at the 2006 World Cup, but was absent in crucial qualifiers as they missed out on Euro 2008.

After nine years at the top of the game, he became England's joint-most-capped full-back in October 2010, matching Kenny Sansom's 86 caps in the 0-0 draw with Montenegro, going on to break the record in subsequent games, and he will now be earmarking a century of appearances for his country. He was voted England's Player of the Year for 2010 by supporters.

Cole competed for England, by this time under the stewardship of Roy Hodgson, at Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine, and while he enjoyed a solid tournament, both he and Ashley Young missed from the penalty spot as England were eliminated by Italy at the quarter-final stage.

Having been called into the squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine, on 98 caps, his opportunity to become the first full-back to break the 100-cap barrier was dealt a blow when he was ruled out of the Moldova game with an ankle injury.

Cole eventually became only the seventh player in history to earn 100 caps for England during the friendly win against Brazil in February 2013.

He then captained the national side in May's friendly against Republic of Ireland to mark his achievement. Though injury ruled him out of England's decisive final two World Cup qualifiers, victories in both games means he will have the chance to represent his nation at a sixth major tournament in Brazil next summer.

Select Season

Defensive Stats

  • Goals Conceded/Game0.95
  • Shots on Target/Goals Conceded4.82
  • Clean Sheets/Game0.14

Attacking Stats

  • Goals15
  • Shots/Goals Ratio0.09
  • Shots on Target Ratio0.5

How Goals Scored

  • Left Foot6
  • Right Foot3
  • Headers1
  • Other0

Discipline

  • Red Cards3
  • Yellow Cards61
  • Fouls303
  • Fouls/Cards Ration0.21

Goals Times

How Goals Scored