PHOTO: Ashley Cole enjoying life after Chelsea

Ashley Cole

The former Blues defender has been soaking up the sights in Rome.

There's a lot of pressure on Ashley Cole since he moved to Roma, in case he doesn't know it.

In choosing to move to Italy, the former Chelsea defender has chosen to fly the flag for England players abroad, potentially encouraging - or limiting - future players when they consider their next move in football.

Should Cole's spell at Roma prove less than fruitful, Englishmen are likely to say 'well why should I leave the country... remember what happened to Ashley?'

Should the 33-year-old flourish in Serie A, however, a whole generation of England players could consider a move abroad differently, which could open up a whole new world to English football in terms of the what they can learn in training.

And Cole's move to Roma has, so far, appeared a success off the pitch, with the ex-Blues defender seemingly enjoying himself in Italy.

Apart from 'lurking' in the background of a team photo - and having the image go viral and be repeated and mocked thousands of times over - Cole looks as though he is settling in on the Italian shores. His latest update shows him taking in the sights at the Colosseum, one of the very few things in Rome older than Cole's new team-mate Francesco Totti.

Roma's Serie A opener comes in three days' time against Fiorentina, where Cole will hope to frequent the left-back spot for his new side.

Since he left Stamford Bridge, Cesar Azpiliceuta has started both of the Blues' Premier League clashes in the 33-year-old's old position, just as he did for most of last season. Felipe Luis, by contrast, is yet to feature for Chelsea in the league.

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