Veteran English Defender Ashley Cole Joins AS Roma
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Veteran English Defender Ashley Cole Joins AS Roma

The 33-year-old Ashley Cole was a free agent after his Chelsea contract expired, having been restricted to 17 Premier League appearances last season.

Arsenal night-out Ashley Cole
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Arsenal night-out Ashley Cole's own business, says Jose Mourinho

Ashley Cole was photographed at the London venue where the Arsenal squad were celebrating with a fancy dress party. And with Cole and his team-mates due to face the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium just a few days later, the incident inevitably raised eyebows.

Jose Mourinho backs Ashley Cole for contract extension
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Jose Mourinho backs Ashley Cole for contract extension

Jose Mourinho Mourinho has recalled Ashley Cole for Wednesday's Champions League clash against Steaua Bucharest, the left-back set to make his first start since November 2 when he lost his place to Cesar Azpilicueta.

Jose Mourinho wants home-grown core at Chelsea
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Jose Mourinho wants home-grown core at Chelsea

Back at the London club after a six-year absence, Mourinho has spoken of his desire to leave a lasting legacy at Stamford Bridge.

Roy Hodgson reveals his stress ahead of England
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Roy Hodgson reveals his stress ahead of England's World Cup qualifier with Poland

Friday's 4-1 home win over Montenegro means that if England beat Poland they will remain top of European zone Group H and qualify for next year's World Cup finals in Brazil.

World Cup qualifiers: England vs Montenegro in night of nerves
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World Cup qualifiers: England vs Montenegro in night of nerves

England's victory at Wembley Stadium will preserve their place at the top of Group H ahead of next week's final game at home to Poland but anything less could dash their hopes of qualifying automatically.

Jose Mourinho reveals Ashley Cole rib injury
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Jose Mourinho reveals Ashley Cole rib injury

The 32-year-old was replaced by Eden Hazard in the 75th minute of Chelsea's 3-1 win at Norwich City in the Premier League and was seen holding his side in apparent discomfort.

Ireland give England deja vu in friendly draw
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Ireland give England deja vu in friendly draw

Frank Lampard quickly cancelled out Shane Long's early opener for the visitors at Wembley Stadium, and the lack of further goals meant the score between the sides finished 1-1.

Ashley Cole snubs media despite being handed England captaincy
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Ashley Cole snubs media despite being handed England captaincy

England named Ashley Cole as captain for a friendly international against the Republic of Ireland, but the left-back refused to talk to media at the team's St Albans hotel north of London.

Andre Villas-Boas prays for luck in top-four chase
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Andre Villas-Boas prays for luck in top-four chase

With Arsenal not in action until they host FA Cup finalists Wigan Athletic on Tuesday, Spurs can move into the top four by winning at Stoke City on Sunday, 24 hours after Chelsea visit Aston Villa.

Villas-Boas rues draw as Euro race heats up
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Villas-Boas rues draw as Euro race heats up

Meanwhile, Wigan's survival hopes suffered a further blow after Tottenham's late equaliser when boss Roberto Martinez revealed that defender Maynor Figueroa is set to miss the rest of the season, including the FA Cup final against Manchester City on May 11, after sustaining a groin problem that forced him to be stretched off in the first half.

Euro hurt can aid top four bid, says Tottenham manager Villas-Boas
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Euro hurt can aid top four bid, says Tottenham manager Villas-Boas

Villas-Boas has been handed a fitness boost as England winger Aaron Lennon is ready to return from a knee problem. Jermain Defoe could start after returning from a pelvic injury last weekend, coming off the bench and scoring in the victory over Manchester City.

UEFA Europa League: Chelsea beat Basel after David Luiz
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UEFA Europa League: Chelsea beat Basel after David Luiz's last-gasp effort

In the end, the only sour note for the visitors was a yellow card for Ashley Cole that rules him out of the second leg, although Basel will also be without centre-back Aleksandar Dragovic for the same reason.

FA Cup glory in sight for Chelsea and Manchester City
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FA Cup glory in sight for Chelsea and Manchester City

City go into the game buoyed by their 2-1 victory at derby rivals United in the Premier League on Monday, although the leaders' advantage remains an imposing 12 points. Improbably, Sunday's game represents the first encounter between the teams in the FA Cup since 1971, when City prevailed 3-0 in a fourth-round tie at Stamford Bridge.

Rafael Benitez sets sights on Spurs showdown
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Rafael Benitez sets sights on Spurs showdown

Benitez is convinced the battle will be decided by Chelsea's clash with Tottenham at Stamford Bridge, which is still to be rearranged after being postponed this weekend as a result of the Blues' FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City.

FA probe shows no Ferdinand racist abuse
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FA probe shows no Ferdinand racist abuse

The allegations centred on a chant by a section of the England crowd that suggested the Ferdinand brothers should be burned on a bonfire. It has been suggested the song had racist overtones because QPR defender Anton Ferdinand was the target of racist abuse from Chelsea's former England captain John Terry last season.

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Chelsea's Ashley Cole out for 'at least two weeks' - Benitez

Cole pulled up mid-way through the first half of the quarter-final replay at Stamford Bridge and was replaced by Ryan Bertrand after hobbling off.

Joey Barton says Neymar overrated
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Joey Barton says Neymar overrated

Controversial former England international Joey Barton sank his claws into Brazil starlet Neymar on Tuesday, taking to Twitter to dismiss the South American's abilities.

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