ASHLEY COLE has announced his retirement from his playing career.

The former Arsenal, Chelsea and England left-back made the announcement on Sky Sports’ Super Sunday this afternoon.

Ashley Cole has announced his retirement from his playing career and will pursue his coaching
Ashley Cole is one of nine players to represent England 100 times, with only five players bettering his 107 caps
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After coming through the youth ranks at Arsenal, he made a controversial switch to Chelsea in 2006 before finishing his career with spells at Roma, LA Galaxy and finally Derby.

He will now 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.”

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

The defender went on loan to Palace in 2000 and scored his first professional goal with a half-volley against Blackburn, managed by fellow pundit Graeme Souness.

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

Cole also notched up a total of 107 appearances for England, with only five players representing the Three Lions on more occasions.

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He came through the youth ranks at Arsenal and was part of the Invincibles before reaching the Champions League final
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Cole joined Chelsea in a controversial transfer in 2006 and established himself as one of the best left-backs in the world
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His final playing spell came at Derby, working under former team-mate Frank Lampard as they missed out on promotion
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