Tottenham boss Redknapp: Joe Cole used to dribble ball to school

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has recalled the first time he introduced Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole to senior training at West Ham United.

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has recalled the first time he introduced Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole to senior training at West Ham United.

Redknapp said: "He came to training one day when he was 15. It was on the Friday morning at Chadwell Heath, we were going to Everton the next day, and he joined in a nine-a-side. His team won 3-2 and David Unsworth and the [rest of the] players said to me, 'Can't he play tomorrow?' He just wants to play football. When he was 10, 11, you couldn't get him away from a football."

Redknapp added: "I used to say to Joe, 'How did you learn to control a ball so well?'

"When he was 11 he did things with a ball I've never seen in my life. He said, 'I dribble a ball to school every day.'"

 
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