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Carlton Cole

Carlton Michael Cole Okirie (born 12 October 1983) is an English people association football who plays as a striker for West Ham United F.C. in the Championship.

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Carlton Cole biography

Carlton Michael Cole Okirie (born 12 October 1983) is an English people association football who plays as a striker for West Ham United F.C. in the Championship.

Cole began Carlton Cole career at Chelsea F.C. in 2001, spending spells out on loan (sports) at Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C., Charlton Athletic F.C. and Aston Villa F.C. before being transferred to West Ham United in 2006. Carlton Cole made 19 England national under-21 football team appearances (scoring six goals), and made Carlton Cole full international debut for the England national football team on 11 February 2009 in a friendly match against Spain National Football Team.

Club career



Cole was born in Croydon, London and began Carlton Cole career as a trainee with Chelsea F.C. in 2001 making Carlton Cole debut in April 2002 as a substitute for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink in a 3–0 victory against Everton F.C.. Carlton Cole made Carlton Cole first senior start three weeks later, scoring a goal as Chelsea beat Middlesbrough F.C. at the Riverside Stadium. Carlton Cole made one more appearance for Chelsea in the 2001–02 in English football season, in a 3–1 home defeat against Aston Villa F.C. in May 2002.


Cole started the 2002–03 in English football season in the Chelsea first team squad, scoring a goal and making another in the opening game of the season in a 3–2 win over Charlton Athletic F.C. after coming on as a substitute for Gianfranco Zola. Carlton Cole suffered a hairline fracture in Carlton Cole leg in August but returned to action in a Football League Cup tie against Gillingham F.C. in November, scoring two goals. Claudio Ranieri, the then manager of Chelsea, described Cole as being the best young player that Carlton Cole had ever coached, saying, "I've never coached a young player like Carlton. He's fantastic even though Carlton Cole hasn't really started Carlton Cole career yet. Carlton Cole has a very long contract, and, in my opinion, a very big future at Chelsea." However, with Eiður Guðjohnsen, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Gianfranco Zola available for selection, Cole's first team opportunities were limited and Carlton Cole was loan (sports) to Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. in November 2002 for one month, later extended to two months.

Having made seven appearances for Wolves, scoring one goal against Norwich City F.C., Carlton Cole loan spell was cut short as Chelsea, needing cover, recalled Carlton Cole early in January 2003. Cole made a further 12 league and cup appearances for Chelsea in the 2002–03 season, in addition to the four that Carlton Cole made before going on loan to Wolves. and the winner against Bolton Wanderers F.C. in April 2003 as Chelsea pressed for a place in the UEFA Champions League.


Cole signed a new six-year contract with Chelsea in the summer of 2003, but with Adrian Mutu, Gudjohnsen, Hasselbaink and Mikael Forssell also battling for a place in the starting lineup for Chelsea, Carlton Cole joined Charlton Athletic F.C. on a season-long loan in August 2003, where Carlton Cole scored five goals in 22 league and cup appearances, Carlton Cole joined Aston Villa F.C. on another season-long loan in July 2004. This move sparked off a dispute as Charlton were expecting Cole to return to the club as part of the deal that took Scott Parker (footballer) from Charlton to Chelsea. The dispute was later resolved when the two clubs reached a settlement. Cole scored three goals in 30 league and cup appearances for Villa, in a season which was interrupted by a knee injury picked up in an England under-21 match against the Netherlands under-21 team in February 2005.


Carlton Cole returned to Chelsea in the summer of 2005 where Carlton Cole appeared in pre-season friendlies. However, first team opportunities were limited by the presence of Didier Drogba and Hernán Crespo, and Cole made only 12 league and cup appearances for Chelsea in the 2005–06 in English football season, scoring one goal in an FA Cup win over Huddersfield Town F.C.. having made a total of 31 league and cup appearances for Chelsea, scoring eight goals. However, in a season of turmoil at West Ham in which the club only secured their place in the Premier League on the final day of the season, Cole was unable to establish himself in the first team, making 23 league and cup appearances, 15 of which were as substitute, and scoring three goals. Cole's form earned Carlton Cole a new five-year contract, which Carlton Cole signed in November 2008, before England head coach Fabio Capello handed Carlton Cole a senior international debut in the friendly defeat in Spain in 2009.


Carlton Cole continued the good form in 2009–10 in English football season, made 30 Premier League appearances, starting 26 of them. Carlton Cole scored ten Premier League goals, including one penalty in the 5-3 home win over Burnley F.C. on 28 November. After netting six goals in Carlton Cole first ten Premier League matches, Carlton Cole missed the period between 28 November and 26 February with a knee injury. Carlton Cole also made two League Cup appearances, starting the home second-round win over Millwall F.C.. Carlton Cole was booked four times over the course of the season.


On 26 December 2010, Carlton Cole scored two goals in one match in the Premier League for a first time in Carlton Cole career in a 3–1 away win against Fulham F.C. at Craven Cottage. Carlton Cole also got a brace in the 4–0 League Cup quarter-final victory over Manchester United F.C. on 30 November. On 12 February 2011, Cole scored in a 3–3 draw against West Bromwich Albion F.C. at The Hawthorns. On 27 February 2011, Cole scored the final goal in West Ham's 3–1 victory against Liverpool F.C. within 2 minutes of coming on as a substitute at Boleyn Ground. Cole is one of a number of Premier League players that use Twitter to communicate with fans. In April 2011 Carlton Cole was fined £20,000 by the Football Association for comments Carlton Cole made on Twitter during England national football team friendly in March 2011 with Ghana national football team. Carlton Cole admitted a charge of improper conduct over the twitter;-
"Immigration has surrounded the Wembley premises! I knew it was a trap! The only way to get out safely is to wear an England jersey and paint your face w/ the St George's flag!".


After failed bids from both Turkish club Galatasaray and Premier League team Stoke City F.C., Cole confirmed Carlton Cole would be staying to help the Hammers fight for promotion back to the top flight. Cole came on as a 75th minute and 62nd substitute for Frederic Piquionne in the two opening games of the Championship season against Cardiff City F.C. and Doncaster Rovers F.C. without scoring. Carlton Cole started the next four games, scoring four goals; a crucial goal coming in the game at home against Portsmouth F.C. on 10 September when in the 76th minute Carlton Cole scored the winner in a 4-3 thriller, latching onto a Matthew Taylor (footballer) cross before heading into the top corner. On 19 November 2011, Cole scored West Ham's 2000th away League goal in a 2-1 away win against Coventry City F.C.. Carlton Cole scored Carlton Cole 50th goal for West Ham in the 1-1 draw with Birmingham City on 26 December 2011.

International career

Cole has represented England at international level, making 19 England national under-21 football team appearances (scoring six goals). Carlton Cole made Carlton Cole full international debut for the England national football team on 11 February 2009 in a friendly match against Spain National Football Team, where after latching onto a David Beckham pass, rounded the goalkeeper before Carlton Cole effort was cleared off the line. Carlton Cole has so far gone on to make seven appearances for England.

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