It all started at Blundell Park for century-boy Ashley Cole
ASHLEY Cole may have won his 100th England cap at Wembley last night – but it all started at Blundell Park.
When he took to the field against Brazil, the 32-year-old became one of a select group of players to have racked up a century of appearances for the Three Lions.
The home of English football may be a far cry from Blundell Park, but that's exactly where it all began for a player who is now widely regarded as one of England's best ever defenders.
The left-back started his first ever senior game against Grimsby Town back in February 2000, when playing on loan for Crystal Palace from Arsenal.
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It was not the first time the Londoner had come up against the Mariners – he had also turned out for Arsenal in an FA Youth Cup game in 1998.
The teenager was tasked with marking Town winger Kevin Donovan for the Championship clash.
The Eagles lost 1-0 on that day thanks to a Dave Smith penalty, and, after serving a three-month stint at Selhurst Park, Cole returned to the Gunners.
From there, he went on to have a glittering career.
A key component of Arsenal's 'Invincibles' side of 2003/04, Cole is now one of British football's most decorated stars.
He is a three-time Premier League winner, has won the FA Cup on seven occasions and is currently a reigning European champion with Chelsea.
Not bad for someone who first started his career in the humble surroundings of Blundell Park.