Ashley Cole: Chat with Arsenal Legend Spurred My Career
By Vishnuprasad S | February 7, 2013 12:26 AM EST
England and Chelsea defender Ashley Cole claims a chat with Arsenal legend David Rocastle fuelled his ambition to become a Three Lions international.
The 32-year-old is set to become the seventh player to earn 100 senior international caps in the history of English football, when Roy Hodgson's side face Brazil at Wembley this evening. And the Arsenal academy product has revealed it was a talk with his boyhood hero Rocastle, during his time in north London, which inspired him.
"I never thought a little boy from the East End would get a chance to represent my country. I am proud, privileged and overwhelmed by how many times I have done it. When I retire I will look back and think I achieved something," Cole told Sky Sports.
"I supported Arsenal at the time and he was someone I wanted to be like. After he spoke to me for those five minutes, it was all I wanted to be. Now I look back and think what a great career I have had but I will never forget speaking to him," the England star stressed.
Not Concerned by Baines Competition
Cole also insisted he is not concerned about Everton wing-back Leighton Baines taking his spot in the England team in the near future. Many pundits and supporters feel the time has come for the Toffees star to replace the Chelsea veteran in the Three Lions line-up and Cole says he would have no issues, if and when that happens.
"It is not just about me or Leighton but about the team. If he is playing well and plays in front of me, it is going to benefit the team. It is not as if I am going to start moaning or saying I should be playing. We are a big squad. We are all great players. If there comes a time, and there will, when I am not first-choice left-back, it won't be a problem," the Express quoted Cole as saying.
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- Pope Francis Meets Sudanese Woman Who Was Spared Death for Apostasy (PHOTOS)
- Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17: King Williem-Alexander, Queen Maxima Hold Solemn Reception Ceremony for Victims
- Jennifer Lawrence & Nicholas Hoult Allegedly Split: Mad Max Actor Cheats with Kristen Stewart & Riley Keough - Reports
- Prince George Birthday: Adorable New Pictures of George Touching a Butterfly on William's Hand Released [SEE PHOTOS]
Join the Conversation
- Rugby Sevens Semis & Finals Live Stream, Schedule & Results – Commonwealth Games 2014
- A Beautiful Distraction: 5 Things You Need to Know About Sabina Altynbekova
- Boxing News 2014: 50 Cent Hits Mayweather Over Money Deal, Mocks Boxer in Instagram for Losing GF to Nelly
- Commonwealth Games 2014 Live Stream: Men’s & Women’s 100m Final, Athletics Schedule & Results Day 2
- Maria Sharapova Overtaken by Eugenie Bouchard in Poll of Sexiest Women in Tennis
- Apple iPhone 6 on Two Confirmed Release Dates, New Parts Leaked Suggesting Bigger iPhone to Come
- Google Nexus 6, 8 with Android L on Release Date Promises Killer Mobile Device Experience
- iPhone 6 Release Date Relevance to iOS Newbies: Specs Meaning, Price Considerations
- Xiaomi Mi4 vs OnePlusOne vs Nexus 5: Mi4 is the ‘Perfect’ Phone
- Israeli Women Stripping Naked for IDF Soldiers
- HTC One M8 Android 4.4.3 KitKat Update Roll Out, Introducing the HTC One Remix
- The Pirate Bay Releases ‘The Mobile Bay’: Mobile Torrent Download Made Easier but Remains Illegal