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Ashley Cole pushed over by Jose Holebas in AS Roma training

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Ashley Cole has already been the subject of one internet viral since joining AS Roma in the summer, when he was pictured cut adrift from his team-mates during the Serie 'A' club's official team photo.

Now, another clip of the former England international is doing the rounds online after he was targeted for another training ground prank in the build-up to last night's Champions League clash against Bayern Munich.

Fellow defender Jose Holebas spotted Cole crouched over on the field tying his laces, and seized the opportunity to push the left-back over in what is an age-old stunt seen every weekend on Sunday league pitches all over the country.

However, not content with knocking the 33-year-old off balance during a quick breather between sessions, Holebas gained possession of a football and proceeded to whack it in the veteran's general direction.

The practical joke was clearly taken in good faith by the former Chelsea star, who appears to be a popular figure in Rudi Garcia's squad, despite recent suggestions that Cole is unsettled in Italy after failing to settle at Stadio Olimpico.

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Speculation has linked the full-back with a possible move to the MLS as early as January, but the AS Roma squad will be hoping the Englishman stays put so they can continue their crusade of embarrassing the new recruit with the latest in a series of social media memes.

Cole was left on the bench along with a number of other first-team regulars for Wednesday's 2-0 defeat at the Allianz Arena, as Garcia opted to rest several players ahead of Sunday's league clash against Torino.

The result meant Pep Guardiola's side secured qualification to the knockout phase of the competition with maximum points from their four games in Group E, leaving Roma to fight it out for second spot with CSKA Moscow and Manchester City.

Goals from Franck Ribery and Mario Gotze secured victory for Bayern, with Cole featuring as a second half substitute in Germany, at the ground where he successfully won the European trophy with Chelsea under the tutelage of Roberto di Matteo in 2012.

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