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Former Chelsea and England star Joe Cole announces retirement

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Former Chelsea, West Ham United, Liverpool and England midfielder Joe Cole has announced his retirement from football at the age of 37.

Cole first made his name at West Ham, making his debut at 17 after coming through the youth system. He went on to captain the side at 21, before joining Chelsea in 2003.

At Stamford Bridge, Cole won 3 Premier League titles and 2 FA Cups. He was also part of the side that reached the 2008 Champions League final.

After seven seasons with Chelsea, Cole joined Liverpool as Roy Hodgson’s first signing on a free transfer. However, he wasn’t a success and was later loaned out to Lille in Ligue Un.

Following that, Cole re-joined West Ham for a season, then moved on to spells at Aston Villa and Coventry City. He then joined the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the North American Soccer League – the league below the MLS.

He also played 56 times for England, scoring 10 goals. He appeared at the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cups.

Cole said that being a professional footballer had been an “absolute honour”.

He added: “As a fan, I loved watching wholehearted, skilful players and this is what inspired me.

“I remembered what was special for me when I was sitting in the stands watching games and I tried to replicate this. I hope I was able to do this for some of the fans and people who have watched my games over the years.”

West Ham lining up shock January move for Chelsea star Olivier Giroud

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West Ham United are reportedly considering making a bid for Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud in January.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini sought to bolster the Hammers’ front line in the summer with the acquisitions of Andrey Yarmalenko and Filipe Anderson but, if the report by The Mirror is correct, he is seeking further reinforcements.

Giroud moved to Chelsea from London rivals Arsenal back in January for £18 million and has scored 5 goals in 26 appearances for them. He also played a central role for France as they won the World Cup in Russia in the summer.

While Giroud initially struggled to nail down a starting place in Chelsea’s side, he has played more regularly this season as a foil to the in-form Eden Hazard.

However, the 32-year-old has less than a year left on his deal at the Blues, and there has been no word yet if they plan to offer him a new deal. This leaves the door open for a club to come in for him in a potentially cut-price deal.

While Chelsea paid £18 million for Giroud in January, they would be unlikely to get anything near that due to the remaining length of his contract and the fact that a club could sign him for free if they wait until the summer.

West Ham’s interest in Giroud also calls into question Andy Carroll’s future at the club. He is also out of contract at the end of the season and while the Hammers have an option to extend his deal by another two years, they have yet to take that up. Given his injury record in recent years, their reticence to do so thus far is understandable.

If Giroud were to arrive, then in all likelihood Carroll would have to find a new club in the summer.

Prince William shows true colours on visit to West Ham

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Prince William received a pair of West Ham United shirts for his children on a visit to the club, but he joked that they were the right colours but the wrong team”.

The Duke of Cambridge is renowned for being a fan of Championship side Aston Villa – who, like West Ham, play in claret and blue – and he reaffirmed this at the club.

Alongside the Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke visited West Ham’s London Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. While there, Hammers club captain Mark Noble offered the Duke two shirts – one each for Price George and Princess Charlotte – but joked on receiving them “Right colours, wrong team!”

“We know William is an Aston Villa fan – whether they (the shirts) will get put on or not, I don’t know,” said Noble. “It’s just a gesture from us to welcome them to the club.”

Footballnewz’s guide to today’s Premier League matches

Southampton v Hull City

* Hull beat Southampton earlier in the season – but the Saints had won the previous 6 meetings between the sides.
* The omens aren’t good for Hull – they haven’t won at Southampton since 1951.
* Hull have also won away from home once all season – and that was their first match.
* That said, Saints have lost 4 of their last 7 home matches in the PL, winning only 2.
* Saints have also lost their last 2 matches, conceding 7.

Stoke City v West Ham United

* The sides drew 1-1 earlier in the season. Indeed, 4 of their last 5 meetings have ended all square.
* Stoke have lost 5 of their last 6 matches – the other match was a win over Hull.
* West Ham have won 1 of their last 10 matches, although they are unbeaten in 3.
* The Hammers have scored 20 goals from set pieces this season – more than any other team in the PL.
* Stoke have drawn a blank in 4 of their last 7 matches.

Sunderland v AFC Bournemouth

* Sunderland will be relegated if they don’t match Hull’s result.
* Sunderland beat Bournemouth earlier in the season – a win will the the Black Cats’ first double of the season.
* But Sunderland have lost 7 of their last 9 matches and haven’t won at home this year.
* However, Bournemouth’s record away from home is pretty rubbish – 2 wins in their last 19.
* Bournemouth have conceded 32 goals this year, 6 more than any other side.

West Bromwich Albion v Leicester City

* West Brom won 1-2 in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.
* However, the Baggies are out of form, having won 1 of their last 7, including 4 defeats.
* Leicester have taken 1 point from their last 3 outings.
* Albion have gone 4 matches without scoring.
* Leicester have won just 1 of their last 19 away matches (12 defeats)

Crystal Palace v Burnley (5.30)

* Burnley won 3-2 against Palace at Turf Moor earlier in the season.
* Palace have won 6 of their last 9 league matches
* Burnley have earned just 4 points on their travels this season, with no wins.
* Burnley have scored just twice in their last 6 games – and only once from open play.
* The last 9 matches between the sides have been shared – 3 wins each and 3 draws.

Premier League April 8 – all the factz you need on today’s matches

Tottenham Hotspur v Watford (12.30pm)

* Spurs won 1-4 at Vicarage Road earlier in the season – their 4th straight win against the Hornets.
* Watford haven’t won at White Hart Lane since November 1985.
* Spurs have won 12 of their last 15 matches and 5 on the spin.
* Watford have won their last 2 matches but only 1 of their last 10 away games.
* Spurs have scored in 23 successive home matches.

Manchester City v Hull City

* City won 0-3 at the KCOM Stadium earlier in the season.
* Hull have never beaten City away from home in the league in 10 previous attempts.
* City haven’t won in 4 PL matches.
* Hull have won 17 points in 11 games since Marco Silva was appointed.
* Hull have won just 2 points from their last 14 away matches.

Middlesbrough v Burnley

* Burnley won the sides’ clash earlier in the season and are looking for their first double over Boro since 1953/4.
* Boro haven’t won in 13 league matches, losing 8.
* Burnley are the only side in the PL yet to win away from home this season.
* Boro have scored the fewest goals in the PL this season – just 22.
* Burnley have 35 points – 2 more than they’ve scored in a season in the PL before.

Stoke City v Liverpool

* Liverpool have won 6 of their last 7 matches against Stoke – the exception being a 6-1 thrashing in 2015.
* Stoke have lost their last 3 PL matches.
* In 5 away league matches in 2017, Liverpool are yet to win, although they have drawn 3 of those.
* Stoke have drawn a blank in 5 of their last 8 matches.
* Liverpool matches have had 105 goals scored in them this season.

West Bromwich Albion v Southampton

* West Brom are seeking to do the double over the Saints after winning 1-2 at St Mary’s earlier in the season.
* The Baggies have lost 3 of their last 5 matches.
* But they have won 5 of their last 6 at home.
* Saints have won 2 of their last 4 matches.
* Historically, the sides are evenly matched – in games between the sides, both have won 24 with 27 draws.

West Ham United v Swansea City

* West Ham beat Swansea 1-4 on Boxing Day.
* Oddly, Swansea won 1-4 on their last trip to West Ham too.
* West Ham are plummeting down the table, having lost their last 5 PL matches.
* Swansea have lost 5 of their last 8, winning 2.
* Swansea have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 4 away matches – losing on each occasion.

AFC Bournemouth v Chelsea (5.30)

* Chelsea ran out 3-0 winners in the reverse fixture.
* In 7 previous league meetings, Chelsea have won 5 times to Bournemouth’s 2.
* The Cherries are unbeaten in 5 PL matches.
* Chelsea have lost once in their past 12 PL away matches.
* Chelsea have 72 points – only once in the PL era has a side with this many points after 30 games has not gone on to win the title.