‘They had wonderful talent’ – West Ham academy praised after Cole retires

‘They had wonderful talent’ – West Ham academy praised after Cole retires

December 26, 2019 laecpour 0

first_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? RANKED no dice huge blow Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Latest Football News REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade He joined the Hammers at the age of eight and made 187 appearances, before Chelsea bought him for £6.6m in 2003.And Pearce, who was Cole’s team-mate during his West Ham days, told talkSPORT: “They had some wonderful talent, Joe being one of them.“They all came through together – a clutch of really talented young players.“He enjoyed his time at West Ham, they encouraged his talent. I think the fans love that sort of Di Canio type, someone who can go out there and show their talent. Joe Cole was a star from a young age at West Ham REVEALED Cole said in a statement: “After 20 years as a professional, the time has come for me to hang up my boots. It has been a dream come true. All of it.“Whatever is next, I hope the next two decades are as special as my last 20 years as a professional have been. A huge thanks to everyone who helped me along that path.”Want to see talkSPORT’s brilliant Breakfast duo Alan Brazil and Ally McCoist live on tour? Buy tickets for their London show here. “He flourished with that and got even better when he went to Chelsea and onwards.”The 37-year bows out of professional football after 716 appearances, scoring 104 goals for seven different clubs.He made his international debut for England aged 19 and went on to earn 56 caps, appearing at three separate World Cups. MONEY ADVICE Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Stuart Pearce has paid tribute to the West Ham youth system for producing talent like Joe Cole.The former Hammer today announced his retirement after an illustrious 20-year playing career which saw him win three Premier League titles and two FA Cups with Chelsea.Cole was originally part of West Ham’s ‘golden generation’ which went on to achieve huge success, alongside the likes of Michael Carrick, Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand. 3 The Englishman won every domestic trophy with the Blues BEST OF 3 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade last_img

 

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