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Memory Lane with Joe Cole

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We’ve been catching up with some Premier League stars to take a trip down memory lane to discuss the top moments of their careers, the best players they’ve played alongside and much more.

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Next up, here’s what former Chelsea and England star Joe Cole had to say as the 38-year-old looked back on his superb career for club and country as he played at three World Cups for England and was pivotal in Jose Mourinho’s legendary back-to-back Premier League winning Chelsea teams.

The three-time Premier League winner discussed his breakthrough at West Ham and much more, as the current BT Sport analyst is also coaching at Chelsea’s academy as he looks to take the next step in his career. He also played for Liverpool, Lille and Aston Villa among others, and most recently the Tampa Bay Rowdies before retiring in 2018.


Looking back on your career so far, what is the one memory that sticks out as the best and why?

Joe Cole: It is hard to focus on one memory, you know? I enjoyed everything. I enjoyed lots of highs and lots of lows. I think the first time stepping onto the pitch as a professional is a big thing. My debut, I remember it because it is the culmination of a childhood dream. I loved that moment. That is something I will never forget. Stepping out at Upton Park in front of so many people.

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What is the most memorable goal you have scored? Talk us through what you remember from it.

Joe Cole: I would probably say the goal against Man United, when we [Chelsea] won the title. That sticks out. That was my favorite goal. It was a cracking goal, one of the best I’ve scored, but the circumstances and how big the game was made it a very special day for me.

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Best stadium or atmosphere you’ve played in, and why?

Joe Cole: Some cracking stadiums in England, of course. I think the noisiest I’ve ever experienced is playing against Fenerbache in Turkey. That was a really good atmosphere. In Turkey, those warm nights, big European games, that one will be up there.

Who is the Best XI you’ve played with?

Joe Cole: I don’t want to get into that. I don’t want to upset anybody!

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Memory Lane with Shane Long

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We’ve been catching up with some Premier League stars to take a trip down memory lane to discuss the top moments of their careers, the best players they’ve played alongside and much more.

[ VIDEO: Premier League highlights

First up, here’s what Southampton and Republic of Ireland forward Shane Long had to say as the 33-year-old looked back on his career for club and country.

Safe to say his Best XI is sneaky good…


Looking back on your career so far, what is the one memory that sticks out as the best and why?

Shane Long: That’s a really tricky one but I’d have to go with promotion to the Premier League in 2006 with Reading. It was my first year of football in England and we finished the season with a record 106 points.

What is the most memorable goal you have scored? Talk us through what you remember from it.

SL: It has to be the goal against Germany at the Aviva Stadium. I just remember there being a long clearance from the ‘keeper and I managed to get in behind the defence. I took a touch and then smashed it past Manuel Neuer in goal. That goal and that result was a massive part in us reaching the Euros which made it even more special. To do it at home in front of our fans too was an amazing feeling. I can just remember wheeling away in celebration.

Best stadium or atmosphere you’ve played in, and why?

SL: It would have to be either the Aviva Stadium that night or the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille when we beat Italy to get through to the knockout stages of Euro 2016. The Irish fans are incredible when it comes to creating an atmosphere and that match was no exception.

Which game did you enjoy playing in the most, and why?

SL: The most enjoyable has to be the 6-1 win for Southampton against Aston Villa in 2015. I think I scored two goals and made two assists in that match. It was also the game that Sadio Mane scored the fastest-ever Premier League hat trick. It was one of those days when everything we tried as a team worked and it was just a really enjoyable performance to be a part of.

Finally, pick a Best XI from players you have played with during your career… (4-3-3)

—– Given —–

— Coleman — Van Dijk — Alderweireld — Harte —

—- Schneiderlin —- Sigurdsson —- Davis —-

—- Mane —- Lukaku —- Tadic —-