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Ashley Cole: Legendary Chelsea Left Back Retires Via Twitter

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Ashley Cole is one of the very best English international left backs to play the game of soccer. He made a name for himself at Arsenal before joining Chelsea where he has been playing since 2006. Now, he tells us via twitter that his time as an English international has finally come to an end… and this was the best choice. Take a look at what the 33-year-old had to say.

Clearly, this man loved playing for his nation as he was the favorite for the past several years. He represented England in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups before starting again for his country in EURO 2012. He is still in great shape for the tournament that starts in less than one month down in Brazil, but both he and his coach believe that the time to let the new boys take over has arrived.

He believes that Leighton Baines of Everton and LukeShaw of Southampton have what it takes to defend heartily on the left flank in addition to pressing up the field to join the attack on endless occasions. Based on their seasonal performances, he is absolutely correct in that statement.

Cole reacted very kindly and humbly to the news after receiving the call from head coach Roy Hodgson. His wisdom and maturity have certainly risen with age and experience. The good news for Cole is that even if he also decides to depart form Chelsea, he has at least one or even two good years left in him to start elsewhere in Europe.

Regardless of where he ends up, he will bring class, experience and success with him to play out the remainder of his career. He was a sensation for his country and will continue to be so for his club.