The Chelsea defender was discussing some major footballing decisions on Twitter, as he approaches what looks like a new stage in his career.
For a large portion of his career Ashley Cole was thought of as the world's top left-back.
Winning trophies at both Arsenal and Chelsea, as well as embarking on an outstanding England career that saw the Londoner feature at 3 World Cups and 2 European Championships, being voted into the team of the tournament in 2004, Cole has been held up as one of England's Golden generation for some time.
I got the call from Roy and agree England team should be about the young players. I think it best I retire from England team now.— Ashley Cole (@TheRealAC3) May 11, 2014
Telling his followers that he has spoken to England boss Roy Hodgson and was in agreement that the England team should be "about the young players," Cole went on to say that disclose his retirement before wishing the team success and saying he will be rooting for them in the future.
We have a great manager and team and I wish them only success. I will be supporting them like a true fan. Thanks to everyone for everything— Ashley Cole (@TheRealAC3) May 11, 2014
Cole was clearly in a mood to divulge, earlier touching on his future at Stamford Bridge, though that situation is a little less clear. The Blues man, who has been at the club for eight years and won nine trophies in his time there merely stated that "it's been a pleasure" what ever the future may hold for him. There is no confirmation as of yet whether Cole will still be at Chelsea next year, but the tone of the tweet suggests he may be moving on to pastures new.