Former Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has joined Everton from Chelsea academy, to team up with his former teammate Frank Lampard.

Cole enjoyed a decorated playing career, making 107 appearances for England and winning 13 major trophies at a domestic level.

Eight of those triumphs came at Chelsea alongside Lampard, including the 2012 Champions League, and Cole is looking forward to working with the former midfielder once more.

Speaking after his appointment, the former Arsenal defender said he was thrilled when he got the offer to team up with Lampard.

“I was thrilled when Frank asked me to join him at Everton. This is a brilliant opportunity with a fantastic club and I am coming here to work hard and try to help bring success to Everton.

“The chance to link up again with Frank was another huge draw. He is an excellent manager and leader. With the rest of the staff here, we have everything in place for what we want to achieve together, Cole said.

The 41-year-old defender ended his playing career in 2019 at Derby County, playing under Frank Lampard and then working there as a coach before following him to Stamford Bridge in October 2019 when becoming one of the club’s academy coaches.