"Joseph John" ""Joe"" "Cole" is an English professional Association football/footballer who plays for Aston Villa F.C./Aston Villa as a midfielder. He has been described as "a technically gifted player with the creativity to unlock a defence".

He started his career with West Ham United, where he played more than 120 Premier League games during five years, until he left for Chelsea F.C./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 F.C./Liverpool, who a year later loaned him to Lille OSC/Lille. In January 2013 he returned to West Ham and then joined Aston Villa after being released in May 2014.

A full international since 2001, Cole was capped by the England national football team/England national team on 56 occasions, scoring 10 goals. He was selected in the England squads for three World Cups and Euro 2004.

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We have beaten our direct opponent for the league...psychologically it's important because we haven't beaten them in the league for a long time.

It's a fantastic victory, two matches, six points.

We used a new system. We're not going to get it right straight away, but I felt it worked well at times and it got the job done.

We were starting to get nervous, so I was delighted to score. It gave us the lift we needed.

(Chelsea) have to attract a new generation of fans to come to Stamford Bridge .

I thought we controlled the game, but we didn't control it so well in the last 20 minutes and Wales threw everything at us at the end.

The goal was for my dad. He had a minor heart attack a couple of days ago. He is feeling fine and was watching the game from hospital and he will be well pleased.

When I'm playing regularly, I feel happy and that's when I get my strength and power to go past someone, which is so important to me.

It was strange not having him there. What's happened was a bolt out of the blue but I think he's going to be OK and I just can't wait to have him back with me again.