Chelsea fullback Cole was ready to quit England

Chelsea fullback Ashley Cole was ready to quit England earlier this year, it has been revealed.

The Sunday Mirror says Cole offered to resign from international football after he hit rock bottom following injury and the breakdown of his marriage.

It has been rumoured that Cole, who is recovering from a broken ankle, had reacted furiously to a series of text messages from England’s general manager Franco Baldini questioning his behaviour off the field.

There was no such exchange of messages.

However, Cole’s state of mind was so fragile at the time that in one text message to Baldini he offered to resign from playing for England all together.

Baldini and England coach Fabio Capello made it clear in no uncertain terms that they had no intention of asking Cole to stand down or accept his resignation.