JOE COLE BIOGRAPHY


BIOGRAPHY AND CAREER

Joe Cole born 8 November 1981 in London, England is an English footballer who plays for Liverpool, and the England national team. He started his career with West Ham United where he played more than 100 games during five years, until he left for Chelsea in 2003. Cole won a number of trophies with Chelsea, including three Premier League titles and two FA Cups before leaving on a free transfer in July 2010 to join Liverpool.

Cole was born in Paddington, London and lived there until he moved to Camden at the age of six. He was educated at St. Mary's Primary School, Bryanston Square in Marylebone along with brother Nicky and sister Charly, He also attended Haverstock School in Chalk Farm, Camden and St. Aloysius RC College in North London.

As an England youth international Cole scored seven goals in an 8-1 victory against Spain, as well as playing for England's Under 17 team, where he scored the winning goal against Norway in a final of the Nordic Tournament.

Cole made his senior international debut against Mexico in May 2001. He was a member of England's 2002 World Cup squad, and made one substitute appearance. Cole was also a squad member at Euro 2004, but did not play.

His displays in England's friendlies leading up to the 2006 World Cup enhanced his reputation ahead of the summer's finals in Germany. In May 2006 he was confirmed in the England squad for the World Cup, ahead of Chelsea teammate Shaun Wright-Phillips.[21] He played on the left side of midfield in England's opening game against Paraguay on 10 June 2006.

On 20 June 2006, England drew with Sweden, in the World Cup, with a final score of 2–2. 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. At the end of the match, Budweiser announced that Cole received the Man of the match. The Swedish football fans congratulated England for having such a valuable player in the tournament. Cole lined up for the England squad for the first time since the 2006 World Cup in the 1–1 friendly draw against the Netherlands, providing an assist for Wayne Rooney from a cross. After another injury, he returned to start the friendly against Brazil at Wembley on 1 June.
Cole scored his seventh goal for England in June 2007, in their European Championship qualifier, away to Estonia.

On 7 February 2008, Cole was one of the 23-man squad selected for the friendly against Switzerland which they won 2–1, courtesy of Jermaine Jenas and Shaun Wright-Phillips goals. For Jenas' goal, Cole received the ball on the left wing, and with a quick bit of trickery, he lured his defender into an early tackle and skipped past. He then passed a smart ball through the box to Jenas who did not have to raise a leg. Cole received Man of the match for his performance.

In August 2008, Cole scored a late equalising goal in a 2–2 draw at Wembley against the Czech Republic after coming on as a substitute. He then scored England's two goals in the next fixture after coming on as a second half substitute in the 2–0 defeat of Andorra in the opening match for the 2010 World Cup Qualifers. In England's next world cup qualifier against Croatia he suffered a head injury in a clash with Croatian defender Robert Kova─Ź which resulted in the Croat's sending off. After initially getting up he then collapsed and had to be substituted. However he was able to come back and watch the remainder of the match.

Cole was named in the final 23 man selection for England's 2010 World Cup squad.He played in, and scored, in a 3-0 victory against the Platinum Stars, of South Africa's Premier Soccer League, in an unofficial warm-up game. However he was limited to just two substitute appearances in the tournament itself as England lost to Germany in the second round.

Cole married fitness instructor Carly Cole in June 2009. Joe had been dating Carly since 2002 and proposed to her in 2007. The couple have a daughter, Ruby Tatiana Cole, born in March 2010.

In November 2009, Cole was caught driving his Audi A4 at 105mph on a 70mph section of dual carriageway in Claygate, Surrey. At the subsequent court case, Cole was warned he could lose his driving licence and was ordered to pay £600 costs. He has launched an appeal concerning his driving ban.

PLAYER DETAILS

Full name: Joseph John Cole
Date of birth: 8 November 1981
Place of birth: Islington, London, England
Height: 1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)
Playing position: Winger / Attacking midfielder

Club information
Current club: Liverpool
Number: 10

Youth career
1994–1998 West Ham United

Senior career
1998–2003 West Ham United 126 (10)
2003–2010 Chelsea 183 (28)
2010– Liverpool 14 (1)

National team
1997–1998 England U16 4 (0)
1999 England U18 5 (0)
2000-2003 England U21 8 (2)
2001– England 56 (10)



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