Joe Cole, one of the few England players to make an appearance at three World Cup tournaments, has revealed his top five things you need to become a top footballer.
Cole gained 56 caps for England scoring 10 goals in the process, the most memorable coming against Sweden at the World Cup in 2006.
Cole had the most successful time of his career at Chelsea from 2003-2010. While there, he won the Premier League with the Blues three times in 2004/05, 2005/06 and 2009/10.
In his Chelsea career Cole made 183 appearances and scored 27 goals.
Cole also played for Liverpool and went out on loan to French side Lille. He has now joined Aston Villa from his boyhood club West Ham United.
He is, then, well placed to offer advice to any aspiring footballers.
Top 5 tips to become a top footballer
1 – Mental strength
Cole states that the most successful players are the ones who “have been able to grit their teeth… and go through.”
2 – Physical attributes
Cole believes that “everyone has got something physically that they’ve got” and whatever that may be for example Pace or strength, he believes that it’s about honing and “training that.”
3 – Vision
The attacking midfielder believes that the best players out there “their heads are always on the swivel” looking around the field. This means that the best players are constantly “seeing things before other people see them.”
Watch: Joe Cole's tips on how to become a footballer
4 – Dedication
Cole advises repetition is the key to “improving your skillset”, which will come from being “dedicated to your practice.”
5 – Luck
The Aston Villa man explains about looking back at his career he has had “great support and great people round me.” He states he thinks it’s important to be “humble” and appreciate the support you are given.
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