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Chelsea hero Wilkins: Cole almost retired over negative press

Chelsea hero Ray Wilkins says negative press almost drove Ashley Cole into retirement.

Cole led England for last night's draw with the Republic of Ireland.

Wilkins told TalkSport: "I'm sure he's felt like turning it in because of the adverse publicity.

"It got to him to that degree. I remember one conversation where I said, 'This is ridiculous Ashley, you've got so much to give. Don't be doing that [packing in], that's daft'."

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