PHOTO: Cole lurks as Chelsea player celebrates with One Direction star

Former Chelsea player Ashley Cole has made light of the recent Roma team photo in a picture with John Terry and Niall Horan.

Roma defender Ashley Cole has made light of the recent team photograph which showed him somewhat on the periphery while the rest of his new team huddled together.

The former Chelsea star was photographed with ex-teammate John Terry as the two footballers enjoyed One Direction star Niall Horan’s 21st birthday celebrations.

The special day may not be for another week, but that did not stop the pop star enjoying a night out in London hotspot Shoreditch House.

Along with bandmate (and sometime Doncaster Rovers player) Louis Tomlinson, Horan was joined by Terry and Cole, among others.

In the photograph above, Cole is seen on the edge of the picture while Terry smiles amid a group of revellers.

The Chelsea captain later posted the picture on his official Instagram account along with the caption #thelurker in reference to Cole’s bizarre position in the snap.

Chelsea have enjoyed a fine start to the new campaign despite the loss of Cole, with the player tipped to replace him, Filipe Luis, currently struggling to usurp Cesar Azpilicueta in Jose Mourinho’s team.

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for CHELSEA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch