Opposite to what some consider, Ashley Cole is an efficient, right down to earth man, Darren Bent has revealed.
There’s no doubting the standard the left-back possessed however there was loads of debate about his character, particularly when he left Arsenal to hitch Chelsea in 2006 – Cole being dubbed ‘Cashley’ as a result of perceived perception the transfer was money-orientated.
However Bent insists all these perceptions of the previous England star are fallacious, telling talkSPORT concerning the time he and Cole did their teaching badges collectively.
Bent stated: “You realize what’s good about these skilled superstars, on the teaching course you have got folks from all over the place, even those that haven’t performed professionally and it’s kinda the best way he spoke to them.
“He was right down to earth. He’s an excellent man.”
The talkSPORT host make clear Cole on Friday’s Drivetime as he named his prime 5 English gamers to play within the Premier League.
Cole got here third in Bent’s rankings, whereas Steven Gerrard got here second.
Bent then revealed Gerrard had a big impact on his profession, making him change the best way he educated after seeing the Liverpool legend in motion on the coaching pitch with England.
He added: “Steven Gerrard. He was a kind of individuals who after I first bought into the England squad and noticed how he educated, he made come away from that coaching session and suppose ‘I must be higher in coaching. If I’m to get to those ranges, my commonplace has bought to enhance.’
“He was sensational – 100mph. He was good with me, at all times talking with me in coaching.
“I performed in opposition to him when he was going via a rocky spell beneath Gerard Houllier however his vary of passing, wow.”
However forward of Gerrard and Cole was Wayne Rooney, who introduced his retirement from taking part in soccer on Friday to take cost of Derby on a everlasting foundation.
Bent knew the Manchester United and England legend, insisting he at all times knew Rooney was destined for greatness.
He added: “He was simply one among them that was a magician and there was one time we went to La Manga on an England coaching camp once we have been younger youngsters. He was the youngest however he was the very best participant by far.
“If I used to be 15 or 16 he would’ve been 14, and actually, he was too highly effective for everybody… he was a power of nature.”