Former Arsenal And Chelsea Star Ashley Cole Says English Players Are Too Scared To Move Abroad

Upon completing his move to Roma the left-back has some passing words for his fellow countrymen.

Ashley Cole has completed his free transfer to AS Roma and the former Arsenal and Chelsea left-back had some choice words for other English players upon arrival in Italy.

The 33-year-old has claimed that footballers from England are too scared to move abroad and are in a comfort zone in their own country.

“English players are probably afraid to come abroad, they’re in a comfort zone in England,” Cole was quoted by BBC Sport.

“I’m not afraid of pressure. I noticed the fans’ passion and love as soon as I landed. I’m going to enjoy my time here.”

The defender has been one of the most successful Englishmen over the past decade, earning 107 caps for the Three Lions and also winning three Premier League titles, a record seven FA Cups, the Champions League and Europa League during his time with the Gunners and the Blues.

Of the so-called ‘Golden Generation’ Cole has been the only one to live up to the expectations and was named in the Team of the Tournament at Euro 2004.

The veteran full-back may have a point when it comes to Englishmen playiong abroad, as for instance at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil only Fraser Forster plays outside of the Premier League from Roy Hodgson’s 23-man squad.

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