The controversial Arsenal and England star tells the full inside story of England's bid for World Cup glory in 2006
His phenomenal skill on the pitch and the controversy which has plagued him off it have made Ashley Cole
one of the most talked-about players in recent years. Here, from inside the England dressing room, he tells the full story of their bid for World Cup glory in 2006.But this is alsomuch more than a World Cup diary. Cole talks openly about the 2005 'tapping up' scandal, when he was fined GBP100,000 by the FA following a meeting with Chelsea's Mourinho and Kenyon in a hotel room, and the media storm that followed. He reveals the ups and downs ofhis 2005 season at Arsenal, the last at Highbury before the move to a new stadium, and his struggles with injuries and form. And he also, of course, discusses his relationship with Girls Aloud's Cheryl Tweedy and the run-up to their wedding just after the World Cup.
made his debut forArsenal in November 1999 against Middlesbrough in the League Cup. He signed as a professional the following February. Since then he has gone on to make the left-back position his own and has made over 200 appearances for the Gunners, scoring nine goals. In his career to date he has won the Premiership twice and the FA Cup on three occasions. Cole was selected in Sven-Goran Eriksson's first England squad and made his debut against Albania in March 2001. He played in all England's games in the 2002 World Cup and in Euro 2004 he was named in the All-Star Squad. He has 44 caps.