Ashley Cole arrived at Pride Park in January 2019 to bolster Derby County’s defensive options. The vastly experienced defender joined the Rams as a free agent for the remainder of the 2018/19 season following his departure from Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy.
Cole had amassed an impressive 682 appearances in club football before his move to Pride Park since his debut for Arsenal as an 18-year-old, 20 years ago. He spent time on loan with Crystal Palace before turning out for Chelsea, Roma and LA Galaxy.
A serial-winner in club football, Cole has three Premier League winners’ medals to his name while he has also lifted the FA Cup a record-breaking seven times and the EFL Cup on one occasion.
A former team-mate of Derby boss Frank Lampard at both club and international level, with Chelsea and England, the pair have won the Champions League and Europa League together as well as represented the Three Lions in two World Cups and one European Championships alongside each other.
The 2010 England Player of the Year has 107 international caps – the most of any English full-back in history. He has been to three FIFA World Cups (2002, 2006, 2010) and two Euros (2004, where he was named in the Team of the Tournament with Lampard, and 2012).