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Cole: Players scared to go abroad

 Former Arsenal and Chelsea defender Ashley Cole says English players are afraid of leaving their comfort zone and playing overseas.

The former England international has joined Serie A side AS Roma on a two-year deal after eight trophy-laden years at Chelsea, having spent last season as second choice to Spaniard Cesar Azpilicueta.

“English players are probably afraid to come abroad, they’re in a comfort zone in England,” the 33-year-old told reporters at his first news conference in Rome yesterday.

“This is a chance for me to try a different language, culture and way of living.”

Cole, who retired from international duty after Roy Hodgson did not include him in England’s main 23-man World Cup squad, said he had a good relationship with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho but it was clear the Portuguese did not see him as an integral part of the team anymore.

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